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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. Chris Choi

What impact will such a low key 'strike' actually have?

I'm in Peterborough to see the frontline impact of today's doctors "strike".

Of course, it was never intended to be anything other than the most polite and collaborative of industrial action.

No pickets, no placards and very few outward signs that anything is untoward. Here the figures reflect what the Department of Health say is the national norm, around 10% of routine appointments have been rescheduled.

All this leaves one burning question. Will today's lack of impact on most patients strengthen the BMA's hand by endearing them to the public, or weaken their hand by displaying a lack of results?

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