28 Nov 2012
Doctors will not carry out the threat to strike over three days in winter, despite a small majority voting to do so.
Medics had been balloted on whether or not to take industrial action on December 12, and two further days in January – a time when hospital wards are under the most severe pressure.
However, today the British Medical Association (BMA) said, despite a vote of 1,368 to 1,103 in favour, that was not a sufficient margin to press ahead with the controversial plans.
As part of the breakdown, consultants and public health doctors voted against the move, while specialty doctors and junior doctors – in their case heavily – voted for the action over a pensions dispute with the Scottish Government.
Scottish Conservative health spokesman and deputy leader Jackson Carlaw MSP said:
“I’m delighted that doctors have shown more sense than the BMA, which was actively urging them to take strike action.
“Thankfully, the doctors who said no have their attention trained on their patients rather than their wallets.
“This would have been a disastrous move, timed to have the most negative impact on hospital wards at a time when they are already struggling to cope with the annual challenges of flu and norovirus.
“The only losers would have been the patients, and I’m glad so many doctors have agreed with this.
“It is time for the BMA to rethink its strategy.”
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