Responding to USS proposals to pensions, BMA medical academic staff committee co-chair Michael Rees said:
“The proposal by USS to close its defined benefit scheme is damaging not only for the pension prospects of medical academics but also for the future of academic medicine. For senior clinical academics it incentivises early retirement from academic activity and also from clinical service; for younger doctors it creates a deterrent to taking up academic activity as a long-term career.
"The USS has proposed changes on the basis of the worst case scenario. We share UCU’s anger and concern at this fundamental reduction in the benefits available to members of the scheme. The BMA will be responding in detail to the USS consultation on the changes it proposes to make and alerting the Department of Health to the effects these will have on the future of academic medicine.
"We have great sympathy for the decision that UCU members have taken and will, of course, support any BMA member who is also a member of the UCU or is otherwise affected by the industrial action. However, it would not be lawful for BMA members who are not members of the UCU to participate in the industrial action. If you need advice you can contact the BMA on 0300 123 1233.”
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