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BMA rejects and calls for changes to new pensions plans

23rd January 2012

The British Medical Association (BMA) has formally rejected the government's proposed changes to the NHS Pension Scheme and called for an "urgent" amendment to the plans.

Following a UK-wide survey of more than 46,000 doctors and medical students, in which more than eight out of ten respondents endorsed the rejection of the legal change, the BMA is calling for new discussions to formulate fairer proposals.

Of particular note was the fact that 63 percent of those polled said they would be personally prepared to take industrial action to effect change, which BMA Council chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said was "unprecedented".

Dr Meldrum said doctors are feeling "betrayed" by the new proposals, which would force them to work until they are almost 70 years old, while significantly increasing their pension payments.

"Industrial action remains a last resort and the government must urgently reconsider its damaging plans," he warned.

This comes after Dr Meldrum stated last month that there is "no justification" for the pension hikes outlined by the government.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801271959-ADNFCR

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