Junior Doctors Strike Causes Major Disruption

trust a doctorOver 55,000 junior doctors have gone on strike today, causing major disruption to healthcare services.

The strike is over a new contract, which the BMA has warned reduces safeguards to stop excessive overworking.

BMA leader Dr Mark Porter explains:

“We sincerely regret the disruption that industrial action will cause, but junior doctors have been left with no option.

“It is because the government’s proposals would be bad for patient care as well as junior doctors in the long-term that we are taking this stand.”

During the strike, doctors are providing emergency cover only, which means that 4,000 routine treatments have so far had to be postponed – around 1 in 10 – as well as many more appointments for consultations, check-ups and tests.

Patients have been advised to use NHS 111, pharmacies or GPs instead of hospital where possible.

With NHS GPs already reported to be struggling – see BBC: GP Surgeries at New Breaking Point – private GP care is an option that more and more people are considering.

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The availability of private GPs in London offers another option to those who are concerned by the problems within the NHS system and are unable to find a suitably located practice.

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The company was founded in 2013 and is an independent and doctor-managed company with a genuine commitment to quality healthcare at the heart of the business.

The company is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee. Private dentistry is also available as an optional extra in the Brompton Cross clinic. The Company also has a clinic in Wandsworth.

 

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