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BMA members signal willingness to take industrial action over pension reforms

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e521 (Published 19 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e521
  1. Helen Jaques
  1. 1BMJ Careers

Almost two thirds of BMA members who responded to a survey have said that they would be willing to take some form of industrial action to oppose changes to the NHS pension scheme, after doctors overwhelmingly rejected the government’s final proposals for changing the scheme.

In the BMA’s UK-wide survey of its active practising members, 63% of nearly 50 000 respondents said that they would personally be prepared to take some form of industrial action.

A total of 84% of the survey’s respondents rejected the government’s latest plans for the NHS pension scheme. Only 1.2% of BMA members who responded to the survey thought that the proposals were fair and acceptable, and 12.1% said that they were the best that could be achieved and should …

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