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Doctors Striking in Cornwall

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7:01am 21st June 2012

A strike today keeps the doctors away.

Forty percent of Cornish GPs are taking part in action over their pensions.

They insist they will see patients who are poorly but will not do paperwork. It is expected to have led to hundreds of cancelled routine appointments and operations.

Beth McCarron-Nash has a practice in St Columb. She told Pirate FM, "I'm now going to have to work another seven years and pay twice as much to receive less. We're not talking about gold-plated pensions here. When you consider that other members of the public sector are paying less than half to receive the same we just don't think it's fair."

"We became doctors because we wanted to help people. We did not become doctors because we wanted to fight with the government about something that actually was part of our pay and our package to work for the NHS. I think most doctors are taking this action extremely reluctantly."

The Duchy's Primary Care Trust insists patients will get urgent care and that the out-of-hours GP service will not be affected.

Patients in Falmouth told Pirate FM, "What am I supposed to do, just sit there and wait for the next day for a doctor to be available? The Health Secretary isn't really thinking and considering the views of doctors and nurses and other health professionals. They've got their own right to have their say on matters but, as long as emergency services are working."

"Everybody's got a right to strike. Doctors have got a right to complain about what's been happening to their pensions. I think they do have the right to strike but they should think very carefully because they're on a lot of money. I think the government rarely listens to people who are experts in the field they're trying to make changes to; whether it's education or medicine or what have you."

7:01am 21st June 2012

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