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05-01-2012 | Article

Crucial BMA pensions survey launched



The BMA has launched a major survey to consult members on the government's final pension offer - and what action to take if the deal is rejected.

The survey is being sent out to around 130,000 members across the UK and will seek their views on whether to accept the offer and, if not, whether they are prepared to take industrial action.

Options for the latter will include whether to take strike action, industrial action with emergency cover, or other forms of industrial action.

An official ballot on industrial action will only follow if the deal is rejected, however.

As reported previously by GP News, the BMA's stated view is that despite some improvements, the final offer still represents a poor deal for doctors, particularly those just embarking on their careers (click here).

BMA Chair of Council, Dr Hamish Meldrum, said: "We want doctors and medical students to be fully aware of what's coming their way, and to have their say on what happens. Everyone will be affected, and it's up to the whole medical profession to influence what we do next.

"Either way, the implications are huge. We face either major, damaging changes to our pensions, or the first ballot of doctors on industrial action since the 70s."

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By Caroline Price