Industrial action expected to effect medical services tomorrow

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INDUSTRIAL action is expected to effect medical services across the region tomorrow.

Doctors and GPs will be taking part in industrial action organised by the British Medical Association over changes to the NHS pension scheme.

Doctors will still be at work – there will be no picket lines and urgent and emergency care will still be provided – but non-urgent cases will be postponed.

West Suffolk Hospital as well as eight of the region’s surgeries are expected to be offering reduced services.

Hopton and Stanton Surgeries, Angel Hill Surgery - Bury St Edmunds, Ixworth Surgery and Woolpit Health Centre will deal only with urgent cases as all GPs are expected to take part in the industrial action.

Paul Rayner, practice manager of Angel Hill Surgery, Bury St Edmunds, said: “What we are not doing is booking appointments on the day it will be urgent cases only.

“We have decided to make it as minimal as possible the only thing is that there will be no routine appointments offered.”

Services will also be reduced at Combs Ford Surgery- Stowmarket, Forest Group Practice - Brandon and The Guildhall and Barrow Surgery - Bury St Edmunds where some staff are expected to take part in the industrial action.

Cambs Ford Surgery will be dealing only with urgent cases.

Forest Group Practice Surgery is expected to have only one GP involved in industrial action and routine appointments will be available with the surgery’s three other GPs.

The Guildhall and Barrow Surgery expect five of their seven GPs to participate in the industrial action - those GPs involved will not be taking routine appointments but will see patients in immediate need of treatment.

A number of staff are also expected to strike at White House Surgery, Mildenhall, however a spokesperson for the surgery has said it expects all services to run as normal.