Fewer Doctors Took Strike Action Over Pensions Than Thought

Figures published recently under the Freedom of Information Act show that only one in 10 GPs in England took industrial action over their pensions on the day of action on June 21.

The official figures from all of England’s Strategic Health Authority (SHA) clusters reveal that only 11.2 percent of GPs and 10.8 percent of consultants participated in the British Medical Association (BMA) industrial action. However, GPs still accounted for 35.2 per cent of all the 11,494 doctors who participated in the strike.

A briefing note from the Department of Health (DH) concluded that industrial action in England had a “moderate impact” on patient services, mitigated by continuity planning in anticipation of the strike.

The briefing note said: “Today’s action by doctors is causing significant inconvenience to patients where their non-urgent operations or outpatient appointments have had to be rescheduled at relatively short notice.

“Although the BMA estimates around one-third of GP practices are affected in some way by the strike, the reality is that only around 25 per cent of practices are providing an ‘urgent only’ service.”

However, a BMA spokesperson downplayed the figures, saying: “It wasn’t a case of all doctors walking away from their practices so it was always going to be difficult both for the Government and the BMA to accurately assess numbers.”

The BMA insisted at the time that the day of industrial action by doctors, which was their first since 1975, had successfully conveyed the depth of anger at changes that will force them to contribute more and work longer and had sent ministers “a strong message that a fairer approach must be found”.

For those within the healthcare profession, who wish to discuss any aspect of financial planning, from pensions through to tax planning, the accountancy team at Milsted Langdon are on hand to offer advice and support.

As an accountant; David Jacobs offers a range of accounting, audit and taxation advice to the legal and medical professions.

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