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.”

ENDS


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.

 

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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