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Doctors to take industrial action over pensions in June

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 30 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3860
  1. Helen Jaques, news reporter
  1. 1BMJ Careers
  1. hjaques{at}

Doctors in the United Kingdom are to take industrial action for the first time in nearly 40 years after the majority voted in favour of action to defend their pensions.

Doctors will provide urgent and emergency care only and postpone all non-urgent cases for 24 hours on 21 June, with the possibility of further action once the impact of the first day has been assessed.

Doctors are disputing government plans to increase the amount they need to pay into their pension, abolish final salary pensions in favour of a career average scheme, and increase the normal pension age in line with state retirement age.

The BMA argues that the NHS pension scheme was made fair and affordable during reform in 2008 and provides a surplus to the treasury of £2bn a year.

“The government’s unnecessary wholesale changes to the recently reformed NHS pension scheme cannot be justified,” said Hamish Meldrum, chairman of council at the BMA. “The government has effectively torn up a fair, sustainable, and affordable deal on NHS pensions reached …

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