Medics vote for industrial action over pensions

Stat of the day: 92%. That's the proportion of junior doctors voting in favour of industrial action over the government's plans for their pensions.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

They are joined by 79% of GPs and 84% of hospital consultants. The British Medical Association balloted around 104,000 doctors from across the UK over the issue, as it claims the government plans are unfair. 

The plan is to strike for 24 hours on 21 June, but the BMA has stressed that emergency and ambulance services will not be affected. However, elective operation appointments such as hip and knee surgery and replacements will all be cancelled. Furthermore, GP surgeries will not be running their routine appointments. 

The industrial action will be the first since 1975 from doctors, although unions representing paramedics, staff and administrative support staff have already conducted strikes over proposed changes to pension schemes. 

The turnout against the government’s plans is large in this instance, and MT thinks that whilst they’ve got a point, the writing is on the wall for gold-plated pensions because there simply isn’t enough money to pay for them…

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