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GPs waver over industrial action

Less than a third of GPs intend to fully support BMA action over pensions next week

Ingrid Torjesen

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Most GPs are not intending to participate in the BMA’s industrial action over pensions, a survey revealed with just over a week to go before the planned day of action on 21 June.

The 21 June will see the first industrial action by doctors for almost 40 years. The action, agreed reluctantly by the BMA Council at the end of last month, will see practices stop all routine care for 24 hours.

A survey undertaken by NHS Gloucestershire found that just 26 per cent of the 51 practices and 261 GPs who responded to the PCT were planning to take action.

A survey by the GP newspaper Pulse found that just 29 per cent of GPs expect their practice to take part fully in the day of action and a further 15 per cent expected that some parts of the practice will participate.

Some 37 per cent of the 161 GPs who responded said their practice had already ruled out taking action, while almost one in five had yet to decide.

Pulse also reported that just one out of 10 GPs on BMA Council it had contacted – GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman – confirmed that their practice would definitely be closed for routine appointments on 21 June, some had yet to decide and several refused to discuss their own practice's decision.

The BMA Council took the decision for industrial action after 84 per cent of doctors voted for industrial action – including 79 per cent of GPs.

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