By Kevin Unitt 21/06 Updated: 21/06 07:36
PATIENTS across Warwickshire were promised “minimum disruption” today (Thursday) as doctors take part in the profession's first strike for 40 years.
A total of 25 GP practices in the county are believed to have been affected in the county – though all have remained open for emergencies – while some hospital services have also been hit.
Warwick Hospital said it had rescheduled 70 non-urgent patients appointments, out of about 1,000 it holds daily.
A spokesperson said: “There will be no impact to any of our emergency services.
“Patients should attend any appointments scheduled for the day unless notified by the trust of a change.”
Stephen Jones, chief executive of NHS Warwickshire, reassured patients they would face “minimal disruption”, adding: “We are well prepared for the industrial action by British Medical Association members.
“Patients who will be affected will have been contacted by either their GP or hospital and all emergency and urgent care services will be provided as normal.“
The trade union walkout is in protest over plans to force doctors to work harder and longer for their pensions.
The industrial action has drawn criticism, with accusations of greed being levelled at GPs who are to expected to receive a considerable income when they retire, but doctors taking part refute this and hope to dispel the 'myth' all GPs will retire on hefty pension pots.
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