Final government offer for GP pensions expected on Tuesday

The Treasury is expected to announce its final offer for public sector pensions on Tuesday, the BMA has said.

Dr Bailey: ‘I think very few are expecting the offer to be acceptable to any of the public sector unions.'

Dr David Bailey, deputy chairman of the BMA's pensions committee, said he expected chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander to include the government's final offer for public sector pensions in a statement on the pensions reforms, due tomorrow.

Dr Bailey said he thought it was unlikely that the offer would be acceptable to the majority of BMA members.

‘I think very few are expecting the offer to be acceptable to any of the public sector unions,’ he said.

Dr Bailey said the BMA would consulting members on the offer in January to establish what action, if any, the union should take.

The BMA announced in November that if members did not accept the government’s final offer they would ballot on industrial action.

Dr Bailey said that depending on the results of the consultation the ballot could go ahead.

‘The BMA council will have to consider the results of the consultation,’ he said.

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