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Scottish doctors to announce results of ballot

28th November 2012

A ballot of hospital consultants and junior doctors has ruled out the possibility of strike action next month.

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However, the vote over UK government plans to make changes to NHS staff pension arrangements, was split.

Consultants rejected strike action but junior doctors voted in favour of it, though after studying the results of the three-week long ballot the British Medical Association council has announced there will be no strike.

The BMA held four separate ballots covering different branches of practice in Scotland including consultant doctors; junior doctors; staff associate, specialist and specialty doctors; and public health doctors.

The ballot asked if the medical staff were willing to hold industrial action short of striking, or whether they wanted to go on strike.

Following the association’s ruling not to strike BMA Scotland chairman Dr Brian Keighley said: “It is clear from the ballot result that although we don't have a clear overall mandate for strike action, doctors are angry about the way the Scottish government has handled plans to change NHS pensions.

“Doctors do not understand why, when the Scottish government is so opposed to the pension reforms being led by the UK government, they are implementing aspects of them in Scotland where they have the devolved authority to do something different, primarily on employee contributions.”

Earlier this summer, doctors in the UK took part in a day of action of changes to their pension schemes.

Finance Secretary John Swinney told MSPs that he welcomed the BMA’s decision not to take strike action.

 

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