Doctors strike goes ahead

Some doctors at Whiston and St Helens Hospitals will be involved in today's strike
Some doctors at Whiston and St Helens Hospitals will be involved in today's strike
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DOCTORS have gone ahead with a planned strike today (Thursday) over proposed changes to their pensions.

Although some GPs and hospital consultants are not booking routine appointments for the next 24 hours, urgent appointments and medical emergencies will not be affected.

Dr Karen Beeby, the GP lead from St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The British Medical Association has said that doctors will attend their usual workplace to carry out all urgent and emergency care.

“However, the union has said that, as part of the day of action, it will postpone non-urgent care - such as any consultations or procedures that can be safely delayed.

“We are working together with local providers to minimise disruption to patients as much as possible and to provide information about where to access treatment if you are unable to see your doctor.”

Medical advice, as ever, can also be obtained 24/7 from NHS Direct on 0845 4647.