Take NHS strike action seriously
Published 24/01/2012 | 08:00
It should not be surprising that doctors are so concerned about the attack on the NHS pension scheme. Many would face working in extremely demanding roles until they are almost 70.
The NHS pension scheme was completely overhauled just four years ago to make it sustainable for the future. It is currently delivering £2bn a year to the Treasury.
The new changes - which would leave some doctors paying twice as much into the scheme - come on top of NHS cuts, unnecessary top-down reforms and what will soon be four years of pay-freezes.
It has been 37 years since doctors last took industrial action. The Government must take this seriously and respond constructively.
DR HAMISH MELDRUM
Chairman of council, British Medical