The BMA's Dr Hamish Meldrum
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BMA chair: 'Our fight is with government, not patients'

The British Medical Association is to hold a ballot on industrial action over pensions - but has ruled out strikes.

It is the first time doctors have been balloted for action since 1975.

The government says the plans, under which the pension age would rise to 68, and contributions could reach 14.5% for the highest earners, are a "fair deal for staff and taxpayers".

Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the British Medical Association told the BBC the new deal is "unfair and a breach of trust".

  • 26 Feb 2012
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