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Will your practice be taking action?

We asked 10 prominent GPs if their surgery would be taking industrial action on 21 June.


‘My surgery will be open for urgent and emergency appointments. Almost all the doctors in my surgery are taking part. I am upset I have had to do this.

‘I have never taken industrial action before and I would have hoped not to have started now.'

Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC chair


‘To take industrial action that could in any way damage patient care is not necessary. ‘The BMA Council just got it wrong. It is a spectacular own goal.'

Dr Peter Swinyard, Family Doctor Association chair


‘In accordance with the guidance, I will be taking part. It is not about causing problems to patients, but about impacting on the Government. ‘We aim to demonstrate and protest against unfair pension changes.'

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, GPC negotiator


‘I was not balloted, but yes, I definitely support the action. ‘I think what the Government is doing is grossly wrong, particularly for younger people coming through.'

Dr Brian Balmer, chief executive of Essex LMCs and locum GP


‘I am a member of the BMA and if I were not to follow the guidelines that would be strange.'

Dr Fay Wilson, BMA Council member


‘I will not be taking part because I think it is the wrong form of industrial action for GPs. I don't think we should do anything that impacts on patients.'

Dr David Jenner, PMS/GMS contract lead


‘We are neither supporting nor not supporting the action. The principle must be that patients are at the centre of everything we do.'

Professor Steve Field, NHS Future Forum chair


‘We have a funeral to attend that day, but we will be providing an emergency service and are arranging cover. We will be back later in the day to pick up the pieces.'

Dr John Canning, GPC member


RCGP chair Dr Clare Gerada and GPC deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey declined to say if their practices would be taking action.