GPs warned they do not have public backing for pensions action

Scottish GPs have been told by national negotiators that 'marching down the street' is not going to win the battle on pensions.

Dr Holden: ‘I am absolutely seething '
Dr Holden: ‘I am absolutely seething '

GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden said the BMA is working on the best strategy on pensions but warned the Scottish LMCs conference in Clydebank, Glasgow, on Thursday, that it does not have the public on its side.

Last week the BMA 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.

Dr Holden said: ‘I'm furious. I am absolutely seething and there are ways at getting back at the government.

‘I’m furious with it. I want to get back to the negotiating table but marching down the street is not the way.

‘Our pension scheme is still better value than you can buy in other places.

‘I don’t think anybody is going to get the violins out.’

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said: ‘It is critical to explain to young people that this is not just an old boys’ issue and that ‘it affects you’."

Earlier today the conference unanimously passed a motion ‘deploring the lack of any premises strategy for general practice in Scotland’. Another motion unanimously passed demanded the Scottish government develops a national premises strategy with increased investment in primary care premises.

GPC Scotland chairman Dr Dean Marshall warned that GPs need to be involved before the government ‘go off on some mad idea’.

He added: ‘I am very worried about it and have been having discussions about it. I had one of the most positive meetings in five-and-a-half years last week about getting GPs involved.’

GPs also voted for a public health solution for vitamin D deficiencies and demanded more money for GP training practices.

  •'s Marina Soteriou is covering the conference. Read her stories here and follow her on Twitter @marina_soteriou #SLMC12

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