Emergency BMA meeting to decide on pensions industrial action

An emergency BMA meeting on Saturday (25 February) will decide what action is to be taken over NHS pension reforms

Dr Helena McKeown asked GPs on Twitter for their views on a possible ballot.
Dr Helena McKeown asked GPs on Twitter for their views on a possible ballot.

In January the BMA rejected the government’s offer for a new NHS pension scheme. The BMA then called an emergency Council meeting, to discuss balloting on industrial action if there was no significant change in the government’s position.

Despite repeated requests from the BMA, including an e-petition, the union claims that the government has failed to enter meaningful talks over the reforms.

On Saturday BMA Council will decide whether it will ballot its members on industrial action. What form the action will take may be decided at the meeting or discussed at a later date.

Ahead of the meeting GP and BMA Council member Dr Helena McKeown asked GPs on Twitter for their views on a possible ballot. 

GP and BMA pensions committee deputy chairman Dr David Bailey told GP that if BMA Council decides to ballot on Saturday, it would happen in a relatively short space of time. ‘We’re talking weeks rather than months,’ he said.

A recent GP survey found that the majority of GPs would be prepared to take some form of industrial action. Over half of the 106 GPs who answered the survey said they would work to rule and two fifths (42%) said they would take full strike action.

Find out the result of the meeting at gponline.com/news on Monday.

Follow our coverage of the story on Twitter at #NHSpensions

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