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Doctor: Pension scheme 'butchered' by government

Thousands of doctors across the UK are taking industrial action for the first time in nearly 40 years, to protest against changes to their pensions. Some routine appointments and non-emergency operations have been postponed, but many GPs' surgeries and hospitals say they are working normally.

Wendy Noble, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at Hull Royal Infirmary who is taking industrial action today, told The World At One that the NHS pension scheme had been "butchered" by the government and that NHS staff were "deeply and completely unhappy with the changes that have been proposed".

  • 21 Jun 2012
  • From the section UK