Doctors strike over pensions

Doctors are taking industrial action over controversial pension reforms. It's the first time they have gone on strike in almost 40 years. The Government has said one in 10 patients has had an operation, outpatient appointment or treatment rescheduled

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  1. Gabrielle Nash, Medical Producer

Industrial action 'isn't ideal but necessary'

Dr. Paul Cundy says the industrial action isn't ideal but necessary.

He says he's not surprised at the low participation in industrial action amongst GPs and says it shows just how difficult the decision is for a doctor.

Everyone in the NHS is being effected by the pension changes and this action is a reluctant reaction to that.

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  1. Gabrielle Nash, Medical Producer

'Work continues as usual' at striking surgery

We're at a surgery in Wimbledon where GPs here are taking industrial action over pensions.

Normally at this time the waiting room would be full and the reception staff would be non-stop on the phone.

So far though it's quiet. There are no pre-booked appointments but the staff have had quite a few calls and have been explaining to patients that today is the BMA day of action and there are only appointments for urgent and emergency cases.

For the GPs here, in between seeing urgent cases, they'll catch up on paperwork and administration, so in many ways work continues as usual here.

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