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Doctors voice pension concerns

Doctors have voiced their displeasure about a shake-up of the NHS pensions system and have refused to rule out industrial action.

Members of the British Medical Association (BMA) have voted in favour of "considering" industrial action, with officials pointing out that the revised scheme sees staff work longer and receive less.

Andrew Dearden, chairman of the BMA's pension committee, explained that many medical professionals are concerned because the Government has refused to have talks with the union.

He said it could either lead to strikes or a mass exodus of doctors from the Government's NHS pension system, which will take billions out of the Treasury's purse.

The Department of Health said it would strive to be fair to both NHS staff and the taxpayer, setting out changes that are affordable.

A motion for the BMA to consider balloting members on industrial action was approved by 87% of members on the final day of its annual conference in Cardiff.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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