Consultants vote to take action over terms and conditions

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 25 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1953
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

Hospital doctors have voted to take action—which could include industrial action—against what they see as concerted attacks on their income and conditions of service.

In his keynote speech to the BMA’s annual consultants’ conference on 23 March, chair of the consultants’ committee, Mark Porter, said that UK consultants had already taken an 11% hit on their purchasing power as a result of their “multi year pay freeze” and rising inflation.

Proposals outlined earlier this month by Lord Hutton also mean that senior doctors face the prospect of stumping up more for their pensions and the closure of the final salary pension scheme in favour of a career averaged scheme.

“For the government to then try to remove clinical excellence awards feels like special punishment,” he said, defending the 8% of consultant pay invested in the …

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