Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Head To Head

Are doctors justified in taking industrial action in defence of their pensions? Yes

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3242 (Published 08 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3242

Rapid Response:

Re: Are doctors justified in taking industrial action in defence of their pensions? Yes

Ultimately the NHS runs an effective monopoly of healthcare in the UK.

If it were not the government, and any other occupation it would be clear that the NHS would not be permitted to do so - to give away free healthcare effectively prevents most Drs and nurses from making a living outside of the NHS.

There is a tiny amount of private health care but in general people won't pay for something they are given for free.
It's an abuse of a monopoly and a restraint of trade.

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 May 2012
Andrew P Moltu
GP
Limes Medical Centre
Narborough Leicestershire