Patients told that doctors’ dispute won’t affect services

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PATIENTS needing urgent care on the day of proposed industrial action by doctors are being reassured they will still get it.

On Thursday, members of the British Medical Association (BMA) will be taking action over changes to their pension scheme.

It means doctors, who work in GP practices and hospitals will only treat people who have made an appointment, or those needing urgent care. The BMA said it cannot confirm how many doctors in Portsmouth are involved.

The primary care trust cluster Ship, which covers Portsmouth and Hampshire, says all emergency and urgent care will continue.

Dr Stuart Ward, medical director for the cluster, said: ‘The public may be concerned about what the BMA action will mean for them.

‘All GP surgeries will remain open, and if you need urgent clinical attention then you will receive it. Patient safety remains the overriding priority.’