BMA strike ballot

Three Doctors
Published on Tuesday, 06 November 2012 09:28
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

The Health Secretary has called for hospital doctors to vote against industrial action on NHS pension reform, as the BMA ballot on the issue opens.

The Scottish Government is currently in talks with trade unions, including the BMA, to discuss changes to the NHS Pension Scheme in Scotland.

The talks are underway to find a solution, within the budget and constraints imposed by Westminster, for NHS staff in Scotland.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said:

"It is disappointing that the BMA in Scotland is balloting for further industrial action when they are actively involved in ongoing discussions on this issue.

"The Scottish Government remains willing to work in partnership with NHS trade unions to find a way forward on pensions issues within the ever tighter constraints imposed on us by Westminster.

"We have been negotiating in good faith since March 2012, and therefore, we see no justification for industrial action.

"While I do not support industrial action, I have made abundantly clear our opposition to the UK Government's policy to increase employee contributions at this time and in this way."

Source: ©Scottish Gov

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