BMA writes to Treasury warning of GP industrial action on pensions

BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum has written directly to the Treasury, warning that doctors are 'too angry' to allow pension reforms to go 'unacknowledged'.

In his letter Dr Meldrum described doctor’s anger at the government’s proposals.
In his letter Dr Meldrum described doctor’s anger at the government’s proposals.

Dr Meldrum was prompted to write the letter to chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander following the government's reluctance to negotiate with the BMA over pensions reforms.

The letter comes ahead of an emergency BMA Council meeting on 25 February in which Council members will discuss a possible ballot for industrial action over pensions.

A BMA source said that a lack of movement from the government had made a ballot on industrial action more likely.

‘We've been disappointed at the inflexibility from the DH, and its response makes a ballot on industrial action more likely. We now have to continue to try to broaden our focus to the Treasury, which is the department ultimately calling the shots on this issue.’

In his letter to the Treasury, Dr Meldrum described doctor’s anger at the government’s proposals and warned that industrial action was a real possibility.

He said: ‘The prospect of industrial action is something that they do not take lightly. There has been no industrial action by doctors for almost 40 years and we want to do all we can to avoid action now. However, doctors are too angry to allow the unfairness and scale of the changes to remain unacknowledged.

‘I therefore urge you to work with us and the other health unions to achieve a fair and amicable settlement on the future of the NHS pension scheme.’

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