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BMA prepares for decision on pension dispute

Doctors leaders are poised to decide the next steps in the ongoing NHS pensions dispute.

The BMA council will meet in Edinburgh on July 18. Updates on its decision will be available online

New BMA council chair Mark Porter has been meeting key stakeholders in preparation for the council deliberations.

He was due to meet health secretary Andrew Lansley before the council meeting.

Search for agreement

Dr Porter said he planned to explore ‘whether there is a way in which the BMA and the government can reach any form of meeting of minds on this, or whether the dispute will remain exactly as it is’.

The association has also been conducting member and public research to help inform the council’s debates on a range of possible options, which include further industrial action. Doctors across the UK reluctantly took the first industrial action in almost 40 years last month in protest at changes to the NHS pension scheme which would see them pay more, work longer and get less.

Doctors and medical students at the BMA annual representative meeting in Bournemouth in June backed an escalation of the industrial action if necessary.