Most surgeries unaffected by medics’ industrial action

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ABOUT one in eight GP practices in the Portsmouth and Hampshire area took part in industrial action over a pension cutback row.

Yesterday, 29 practices out of 225 in Portsmouth, Hampshire and Southampton, only saw patients with appointments and those needing urgent care.

Members of the British Medical Association called for the action after a government proposal to cut doctors’ pensions.

At Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, 84 per cent of outpatient appointments were maintained and around 80 per cent of elective patients had their operations.