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BMA members call for 'urgent exploration' of strike action options

Strike action could be prompted after the British Medical Association was called upon to fight government proposals over pay and pensions.

24 March 2011

Members of the British Medical Association (BMA) have issued a call to fight planned reforms of the NHS that could prompt a need for strike negotiations.

Doctors at the organisation's annual consultants conference "demanded" strong action on proposals to change pay and working conditions.

Clinicians attending the event claimed that NHS staff should not be expected to fund shortfalls in the body's budget.

They also called on the BMA to "urgently explore" industrial action and other options to defend pensions and merit awards.

Central consultants and specialists committee chair Mark Porter claimed much is expected of NHS staff, but the government refuses to provide the means to meet these demands.

"It is this disjunction between expectation and action, between what is said and what is done, that is so demoralising for consultants," he said.

Earlier in the month, members of teachers' union NASUWT voted in favour of strikes over similar alterations to their conditions of service and pay, the Herald reported.

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