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Are we prepared to sacrifice good feeling for pensions?

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 01 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e699
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
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Having two identities is always difficult—and it’s usually a bad idea. Just ask the Liberal Democrats how difficult it is to be faithful to their two different masters—their ideology and the Tories. At least for them it will all be over in three years.

Some of their discomfort must result from the government’s attack on public sector pensions. The press has widely described the cost of senior doctors’ pensions as unaffordable, and this has led to doctors’ exposure to a new dose of vitriol …

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