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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

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

Thanks for your comment and I apologize I did not note this reference in the last post. I have added links to the reference points for your information.

The figure quoted is from an interview with Andrew Lansley (MP) on Sky News with the same figure being repeated in the House of Commons during PMQT. Indeed, the article notes little support from any of the political parties with Shadow Health Minister Andy Burnham noting that doctors, "should pull back from any form of action that damages patient care, including disruption to non-urgent care."

I have also noted another article which outlines this figure from a Guardian article written by Dr Dan Poulter [Tory MP, member of the health select committee].

PoliticsHome:- BMA and Government standoff over pensions. Link at:-
http://www.politicshome.com/uk/story/27083/

Guardian Online:- Striking as a doctor can never be justified – I am resigning from the BMA
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/31/striking-doctor-neve...

Competing interests: I am a member of the Liberal Democrats. [Not a supporter of the coalition]

18 June 2012
Lloyd Hughes
4th Year Medical Student
University of Dundee
Ninewells Hospital Dundee