UK BMA roadshows will answer GP questions on pensions

The BMA will tour the country to explain its plans to ballot members for industrial action over pension reforms.

GPs across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be able to question the union on its plans to ballot members on industrial action short of strike action.

The BMA announced it would ballot members over the government’s proposals to reform the NHS pension scheme following a council meeting in late February.

The 21 roadshow events, due to take place between 19 March and 16 April, are designed to answer doctors' and medical students' questions on the upcoming ballot.

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.’

The BMA has so far released little information on its ballot timetable.

A pensions FAQ section on the BMA website said: ‘Conducting a ballot of this size requires very detailed planning. And we want to ensure the action we plan does not harm patients. This will take us several weeks to prepare.’

BMA pensions committee deputy chairman Dr David Bailey has previously said the ballot is likely to follow ‘within weeks’ of Council’s decision.

Under industrial action law, the BMA must notify employers, including GP practices, of plans to ballot seven days before the first voting paper is sent out. Industrial action must take place within four weeks of a ballot closing.

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