The results from the doctors vote over the pension reforms has led to these workers pushing forward with industrial action for the first time in forty years. The development is a big blow to Government ministers who had hoped of finding some way of coming to an agreement, thereby resolving the row.
It is now expected that doctors appointments and any operations taking place on June 21st will have to be cancelled, as both will be impacted by the 24-hour strike action.
The British Medical Association (BMA) have revealed that the action they have decided to take has been reluctant and the last straw, in what has been a dragged out row. But the BMA have said that they have had no option but to take action, because the Government reneged on the pensions deal which had been agreed to by all parties concerned four years ago.
Dr Hamish Meldrum who is the chairman of council at the BMA said that this step the BMA have been very reluctant to take this step, and they would have preferred it if they and the Government could have come to some fairer solution.
However they have set a clear mandate for the action they will take, with the hopes of a very high turnout. Which just highlights the amount of doctors that feel let down by the Government not making a strong enough effort to come to some fairer pension changes.
Ministers have also been disinterested in acknowledging the major reforms that took place in 2008, which ended up making the NHS pension scheme much more sustainable for the future.
Under the strike that will be taking place next month all non-urgent work will be rescheduled for another day, which will be disruptive to the busy NHS who could find that jobs will get backed up. However, doctors will be making sure that patient safety is still a priority.
Any urgent or even emergency work will be provided, and the BMA have said that they will be working closely with managers to make sure anyone who does need urgent care gets it.
Nearly everyone is very aware that pension reform is required since people are living longer healthier lives, which in part is the success of the medical profession.
“The public will not understand or sympathise with the BMA if they call for industrial action over their pensions,” said Andrew Lansley who is the health secretary.
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