BMA rules out industrial action in Scottish hospitals despite strong vote in ballot

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 30 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8186
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Doctors’ leaders have ruled out industrial action in Scottish hospitals this winter over changes to the NHS pension scheme, despite a vote in favour by hospital doctors.

In an industrial action ballot by the BMA, hospital consultants narrowly rejected strike action (49% in favour versus 51% against), whereas 73% of junior doctors and 52% of staff grade, associate specialist, and specialty (SAS) doctors voted in favour.

However, at least two thirds of all grades of hospital doctor voted in favour of action short of a strike: 67% of consultants, 67% of SAS doctors, and 89% of junior doctors. Public health doctors voted against all forms …

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