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Doctors consider whether to back industrial action over pension changes

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3896 (Published 20 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3896
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

UK public sector unions are threatening a wave of strikes over proposed changes to pensions, but an early test of medical opinion has indicated that doctors may be reluctant to join them.

Next Tuesday the British Medical Association’s annual representative meeting in Cardiff will debate a motion that leaves open the possibility of industrial action should a career average pension scheme be introduced for GPs and consultants. If passed, the BMA will have to call a ballot on “all forms of industrial action” in the event of such a change being made.

But a motion worded in similar terms was decisively rejected by the conference of local medical committees on 13 June. It called for any further changes to the …

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