GPs taking part in the BMA's industrial action have cancelled all booked appointments and routine clinics but they are in their practices as usual seeing any one who is, or thinks they are, an emergency. According to the BMA there is some form of action taking place at a third of practices.
GP contacted PCTs and LMCs to find out how many practices were taking part in the action
- In Airedale and Bradford 15 practices were expected to fully participate in the action; with all partners taking part. Out of the total 81 practices in the area, 19 practices are partially participating, with some, but not all partners, seeing emergency patients only.
- In Birmingham and Solihull NHS, 25 of the area's 268 practices were taking part.
- In Coventry and Warwickshire 25 practices, equating to 70 GPs, were taking part out of a total 141 practices.
Midlands salaried GP @NHS_GP tweeted:
- In Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire 32 out of 139 GP practices will be taking some form of industrial action.
- In Calderdale, West Yorkshire, 50% of practices are taking action with 13 out of a total 29 practices fully participating and four partially participating.
- In Devon, it is thought that 31 of the county's 160 practices were taking part in the industrial action today.
Devon LMC chairman Dr Mark Sanford-Wood tweeted:
Running emergency clinic. Patients very supportive. Wonderful nonagenarian wryly says "I may be blind but I can see through the government"— Mark Sanford-Wood (@MarkSanfordWood) June 21, 2012
- In Leeds 17 out of 111 practices were expected to be taking part today.
- In Liverpool around 50% of practices are taking part, with 47 out of 95 practices getting involved.
- In South Essex 31 practices out of 147 will be taking action today and in Wessex around 10% of the 450 practice are expected to take part.
Around 25% of practices in Manchester are expected to be taking part today.
Manchester medical director Dr Raj Patel tweeted:
- In North Tyneside 28 out of 111 practices are taking part today.
- And in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County 28 out of 116 practices are open and seeing emergency patients today.
GPs taking part in the action have so far not reported seeing a dramatic difference in the number of patients they would normally see.
Wiltshire GP Dr Peter Swinyard tweeted:
@Abi_Rimmer It's always a good day to get walk-in appt if need is urgent. Today no different. No noticeable change in demand levels here— Peter Swinyard (@phoenixdoc) June 21, 2012
And GP @Tess1959 tweeted: