Bute GPs support strike - but won’t be joining in

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BUTE’S GPs will not be joining in the day of industrial action by the UK’s doctors scheduled for later this month – even though they support the aims of the strike.

Members of the British Medical Association are set to refuse to carry out all non-urgent care for 24 hours on Thursday, June 21 in a row over pensions – the first strike action by the profession in almost 40 years.

But the seven GPs on Bute, all of whom are members of the Bute Practice, based at Rothesay Health Centre, will not be taking part in the strike due to the island location of the practice.

Practice manager Graham Bolton told The Buteman: “The GPs here support the strike, but they will not be taking part in industrial action on that day.

“Under normal circumstances they would join in the strike, but the fact that they are on an island means they do not feel it would be appropriate to take part.”

Doctors taking part in the strike will report for work as usual on June 21, but will provide urgent and emergency care only.

Half of the 104,000 BMA members balloted last month responded; the overwhelming majority of those who took part were in favour of industrial action.