Havering doctors taking part in national strike next week

11:20 14 June 2012

Doctors have voted in favour of taking industrial action over the government

Doctors have voted in favour of taking industrial action over the government's pension reforms

Havering doctors will be among those taking part in a national strike over pensions next week.

Around 400 doctors in the borough, out of a total of 1,000, were balloted by the British Medical Association (BMA) over the action.

Nationally, 63 per cent of GPs voted in favour of striking over changes to pension schemes. Local figures were not available.

The one-day strike, which takes place on Thursday (June 21), will see doctors suspending all non-urgent care.

A spokesman for Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT), which runs Queen’s Hospital, Romford, said that inpatient, urgent and cancer care won’t be affected by the action.

She added that this will have an impact on some non-urgent care and that the trust is contacting patients who will be affected, and is asking that other patients attend as normal.

“Unfortunately, we cannot rule out delays for non-urgent patients and we may need to reschedule some patients at short notice,” she said.

A spokesman for NHS North East London and the City said that the group of primary care trusts has contingency plans in place.

The BMA says that the action – the first since 1975 – is being taken because the government is making changes to pensions which are sustainable, and being funded by employees – not taxpayers.

But Hornchurch GP, Timothy Bland, said: “I don’t think this is the right time to start an open dispute with the government because the NHS is under serious threat from the Health and Social Care Bill and I think everyone in healthcare should be pulling together to help the NHS.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London politics news

Sunday, May 1, 2016
The vandalised windows of the Cereal Killer Cafe after the September F*** Parade (Photo: Cereal Killer Cafe)

Riot police have arrived at F*** Parade, the anti-gentrification protest that caused damage in Brick Lane in September, but as of 8.54pm there were no arrests.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner from the Movement for Reform Judaism has said she doesn't think MP Naz Shah is anti-Semtiic

Rabbi Laura Janner Klausner welcomed Naz Shah into her home last week for an interfaith feast for Passover - and this morning said that she would like to take the suspended Labour MP to Israel.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Should Ken hoist his rucksack on his shoulders and walk on out? (Picture: PA Images)

Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London, has been suspended from the Labour party after he made comments about Hitler, Zionism and ‘the Israel lobby’ on the radio this morning.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
The Evening Standard publishs around 900,000 copies a day in the capital  (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Evening Standard’s London mayoral coverage is “consistently and overwhelmingly” biased in favour of Zac Goldsmith, giving him both more and more positive coverage than his Labour rival Sadiq Khan, according to a study by Goldsmiths University academics.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Lee Harris is the CISTA candidate for the London Mayoral Election 2016. He advocates legalising cannabis and setting up marijuana cafes in the capital (Picture: London24)

“One love!” is the catchprase of the hippy, ‘head shop’ owning, 79-year-old CISTA candidate for London Mayor. London24 talks legalisation, munchies and more with counterculture legend Lee Harris.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Big Ben will stop ticking for months (Picture: Getty)

One of London’s best loved landmarks, Big Ben, is about to fall silent after hundreds of years bringing in the hour at Westminster.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport