Patients warned as GPs strike
9:26am Wednesday 20th June 2012 in Local
DOCTORS will go on strike tomorrow in a row over pensions.
Services at the Royal Bolton Hospital will be affected, along with some GP services in the borough.
Non-urgent appointments and operations at the Royal Bolton Hospital are set to be cancelled after doctors voted in favour of the 24-hour walk-out.
The British Medical Association said the action was being taken “very reluctantly” as a result of the Government going back on a deal agreed on pensions four years ago.
Cllr Andy Morgan, deputy leader of the Conservative Group in Bolton, has asked what arrangements are in place with regards to urgent care and whether GPs’ surgeries will be closed.
He has asked for assurance that people in need of urgent care will be able to access services.
The BMA states all routine appointments will be cancelled.
It is the first time in 40 years doctors have walked out on strike.
Up to 100,000 doctors who are members of the British Medical Association (BMA) could be on strike in protest at the Government's pension reforms.
According to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, the planned strike could see up to 30,000 operations cancelled, 58,000 diagnostic tests postponed and 200,000 outpatient appointments rescheduled.
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