Surrey

Hundreds of Surrey patients affected by doctor strike

Hundreds of patients across Surrey have been affected by doctors striking in a dispute over pensions.

NHS Surrey said 29 out of 129 GP practices had doctors on strike.

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust said 40 out of 500 doctors were taking action, with 105 patients scheduled for routine appointments being affected.

East Surrey Hospital, in Redhill, said it had to cancel one operating theatre list.

Members of the British Medical Association - the doctors' trade union - are fighting changes to their pensions.

But Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said the strike penalised patients.

The Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH), in Guildford, said there had been little disruption with most services running.

Patients have been advised to go along as normal for appointments unless they have been told otherwise.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said: "We wish to reassure our patients, visitors and staff that very few doctors at RSCH have indicated an intention to participate in this action."

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