Exclusive: BMA cancels pensions roadshows and postpones industrial action detail release

The BMA has postponed until April plans to announce when and how it will ballot members for industrial action over NHS pension scheme reforms and cancelled 20 pensions roadshows.

The BMA originally announced that it would give members details of what sort of industrial action they would be asked to take and when a ballot would take place at roadshow events, due to start in Leeds, Bristol and Glasgow on Monday.

The 21 pension roadshow events were due to take place between 19 March and 16 April.

The BMA website said: ‘We have organised a series of events across the UK over the next few weeks to update you on the ballot timetable and industrial action approach, and to answer your questions and listen to your comments on what happens next.’

However the BMA today announced that it had postponed all the roadshows events scheduled to take place in March, a total of 20 of the 21.

The sole roadshow scheduled for April (Armagh, 16 April) is still likely to go ahead and it is expected that at that time the BMA will be able to issue its members with more detailed information on the ballot.

Explaining why the roadshows had to be postponed, GP and BMA pensions committee deputy chairman Dr David Bailey said: ‘We’re still taking ongoing legal advice.’

Dr Bailey said that the news did not come as a surprise, despite the BMA agreeing that the roadshows would go ahead just two days earlier.

A BMA spokesman said the cancellations were due to the ‘the huge complexities of drawing up plans for industrial action’.

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