Daventry doctors set for industrial action

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SURGERIES in the Daventry area are set to join in the first industrial action taken by doctors in nearly 40 years tomorrow (Thursday).

Most of the surgeries in the Daventry area will be joining the national action which has been called by the British Medical Association in response to proposed changes to pensions.

Abbey House Medical Practice in the town is among them, only providing urgent and emergency care. Practice manager Nigel Brown said: “Please rest assured that if you require urgent medical attention that this will not be affected and that patient safety will not be put at risk.”

Danetre Medical Practice has also stated that it will only carry out emergency treatment while anyone who has booked an appointment before industrial action was announced will also be seen.

A spokesman for Danetre Hospital has said outpatient clinics will go ahead as planned, and there is no day surgery booked for Thursday. GPs who provide medical cover for the inpatient ward at Danetre Hospital will be working normally with services unlikely to be affected by the industrial action.

Dr Sonia Swart, medical director at Northampton General Hospital, which runs Danetre Hospital, said: “We have worked closely with our staff in order to ensure that there is minimal disruption on the day of the planned industrial action.

“Most of our doctors will be working as normal and are committed to ensuring that our patients receive safe care at this difficult time.”

Byfield Medical Centre will also be joining in the day of action. It will be fully open and staffed for emergency patients only with no routine appointments available.

At the time of going to press, nobody at Long Buckby Surgery was available for comment about its plans, and nobody at at the Weedon Medical Centre was prepared to comment.