GPs plan on strike action day

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STRIKE action by doctors could see disruptions in healthcare in and around the Sleaford area today (Thursday).

GPs are planning to take industrial action over changes to their pension schemes, and non-urgent treatment and appointments could be postponed.

According to information from the NHS, the British Medical Association said the action would not affect emergency care, urgent procedures, labour services or surgery and referrals for cancer.

NHS Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust, which has responsibility for GP practices, was unable to confirm at the time of going to press whether or not there would be any disruptions in its services when approached by the Standard yesterday (Tuesday).

The NHS advises that if you have a non-urgent health problem, such as a cough or cold, or you want health advice, visit your local pharmacist (chemist) who can help you decide whether or not you need to see a doctor.