Senior hospital doctors have voted to strike for two days next month, the British Medical Association has said.
The consultants will walk out on Thursday the 20th and Friday the 21st of July.
Union members were asked to vote on “Christmas Day levels of care”, the medical union said.
Christmas-like cover means the action will be “safe and effective”, it added.
The BMA admitted, however, that while emergency care will still be provided, elective or non-emergency work will be cancelled.
Junior doctors have already said they are planning to strike from 13 to 18 July.
It means that for seven days next month, regular appointments and pre-planned operations will be disrupted.