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GPs 'ready to take drastic action over DRA'

UK GPs have claimed they are ready to take 'drastic action' over pensions.

06 April 2011

GPs in the UK are ready to take "drastic action" to protest against proposed alterations to the Default Retirement Age (DRA).

A survey carried out by industry publication Pulse indicates that out of 260 polled GPs, more than 71 per cent were against the plans.

In a move that could prompt a need for strike negotiations, one in three respondents suggested they were prepared to take industrial action over the matter.

Other measures that polled GPs favoured included boycotting local commissioning work and mounting a legal challenge to the proposals.

Dr Richard Kippax, a GP partner in Hereford, told Pulse that the government's conduct has been "thoroughly disgraceful" in regard to the matter.

"I am completely prepared to strike about how we have had changes in our GP contract imposed on us," he said.

This comes after Unison general secretary Dave Prentis informed policymakers that the recent march against cuts in London was a "warning shot".

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