Our comment on the BMA ballot

Press Release: 30th May 2012

Release date: Immediate

Public will be horrified at gold-plated pensions that doctors say are not good enough

Commenting on the BMA ballot today in which doctors voted to take industrial action over the changes to their pensions, CEO of 2020health Julia Manning said:

“This is a massive own goal for doctors that tarnishes them all with a ‘greedy’ brush. Many of my friends in medicine will be horrified and embarrassed at the thought of their colleagues striking.

“This vote says that they are more concerned with pensions than patients and is a morally unjustifiable position. It ignores the global economic reality that countries have all been overspending and governments overpromising. The NHS pension pot will need billions more of tax-payers money if we do nothing now. Doctor’s pensions will still be one of the best in UK and striking will achieve nothing because there is no more money.

“By taking industrial action, many more people will be aware of just how generous their pension still is and all doctors will be seen as greedy and stingy as a result of their colleagues’ action. The public were aghast at the £26k welfare benefit cap – they will think even worse of doctors striking over a pension worth more that £50k a year.

“Doctors live longer than almost any other professional.  They have to accept that we are all having to make changes, accept higher contributions and lower pensions.”


Note to Editors

  1. For interviews, comment or further information please contact Julia Manning, 2020health Chief Executive, 07973 312358 or Julia@2020health.org
  1. 2020health.org is an independent, grass-roots, Think Tank passionate about creating a healthy society. We identify issues and bring informed people together to create these solutions. Please visit www.2020health.org for more information and full publications.


About Julia Manning

Julia is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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