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Will Doctors Join the Strikes?

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As hundreds of thousands of public sector workers countrywide came out on strike yesterday, the British Medical Association (BMA) made public its discontent about the proposed pension changes in the NHS.

Officials of the BMA have said the changes will ultimately see health sector workers, including doctors, working longer and paying more but receiving less at the end of their working life.  To this end BMA members have voted in favour of ‘considering’ industrial action.  This means that there is a possibility that doctors too haven’t ruled out the likelihood of striking as an option.

Andrew Dearden, chairman of the BMA Pension Committee, has issued a strong warning to the government that they are close to forcing doctors to take severe action as a last resort.  He’s also cautioned that this change in policy could see a huge majority of doctors deserting the NHS pension system, so depleting the government pension pot by billions of pounds.

Whilst the department of health is insisting that changes would be fair and affordable, Mr Dearden insists that the government has made a grave failure in its understanding of the problem.

He said, “The government has made the assumption because we live 10 years longer, we can work 10 years longer.”

However, he points out that in the case of doctors and surgeons this really isn’t the case.  “Would you be happy for a 68 year old neurosurgeon to be digging around inside your head? Our message is simple – we want a reasonable dialogue on pensions.”





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