British Medical Journal

 Industrial action: What’s the current state of play for consultants, ȷunior doctors, and GPs?
 
Consultants?Leaving the NHS in droves?Consultants in England will be balloted this month by the BMA to see whether they would be prepared to take future industrial action over pay and the ?pensions crisis.?1 The ballot won?t be legally binding, but the results will be used to determine whether a statutory ballot on strike action should go ahead.The BMA estimates that take home pay for the average consultant in England has seen a cut of nearly 35% in real terms since 2008-09. The association warns that thousands of doctors have already reduced their hours or left the NHS after incurring large additional tax bills on their pensions by exceeding the annual or lifetime allowance.It says that the government has ?refused to engage? with it on meaningful negotiations, and it has called for a reform of the Review Body on Doctors? and Dentists? Remuneration (DDRB),2 arguing that ministers have repeatedly interfered with...