Minimal disruption expected during GP industrial action
In May 2012, the British Medical Association (BMA) announced its members had voted in favour of industrial on 21 June, over pension changes.
NHS Swindon is working with local GPs to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and that patient safety is a priority. GP Practices will continue to provide a service on the day, and will treat patients with urgent care needs.
If you need to see your doctor on 21 June, please check your surgery website, or contact the practice directly in the first instance so they can advise you further.
As normal, patients will be able to receive routine medical advice by phoning NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
Debra Elliott, Director of Commissioning Development for NHS Swindon, said: “Patient care will always be our top priority, and we want to assure the public that we are working closely with the GPs in the county, and with the local hospitals, to ensure medical cover will continue to be available for our patients”.
Dr Alf Troughton, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “The plans we have in place are designed to minimize the disruption this strike may cause for patients and other colleagues working in the Trust. I know from our discussions with our medical colleagues they are also keen to ensure that patient safety, and the quality of care provided during the day is not impacted”.