CWP services will be affected by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) industrial action taking place Wednesday 18th January and Thursday 19th January.

We are working closely with union representatives to maintain the safety and welfare of our patients during this time and to ensure any impact on our services are minimised.

CWP have tried and tested plans in place to deal with any disruptions, including those which might result from any industrial action impacting on our organisation.

CWP will do everything it can to go ahead with planned appointments - especially for patients in greatest clinical need - and will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled. 

Patients are being asked to consider using NHS services wisely to ensure care is available to those who need it most during the various instances of industrial action. Further information about how industrial action may affect services can be found on the Cheshire and Merseyside NHS website.


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Please call 0800 145 6485 and our dedicated local staff will support you to access the help you need. The phone line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages, including children and young people. 


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Irrespective of any industrial action, please do not hesitate to come forward to access care if you need it. We’re urging people to make NHS 111 Online their first port of call if they need urgent health advice on days of strike action.

NHS 111 Online can tell you:

  • Where to get help for your symptoms
  • How to find general health information and advice
  • Where to get an emergency supply of your prescribed medicine
  • How to get a repeat prescription

Trade unions representing NHS staff are in dispute with the government over the 2022/23 pay award. A number of the unions have balloted their NHS members to take part in industrial action. As a result, members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) are striking on 18 and 19 January 2023, members of the GMB and UNISON (ambulance staff) are striking on 11 January 2023 and members of UNISON (ambulance staff) are striking on 23 January 2023.

The NHS wants to see a resolution as soon as possible, but pay is a matter for the government and the trade unions. Read more information about the strikes at NHS briefing: Industrial action winter 2022.

The NHS has tried and tested plans in place to mitigate risks to patient safety and manage any disruption, including industrial action, but inevitably there will be some service disruption on strike days.

Emergency care and other critical services will be open as usual and life-threatening calls responded to.

The NHS will do everything it can to go ahead with planned appointments - especially for patients in greatest clinical need - and will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled. If you have not been contacted, please attend your appointment as planned.