Pensions


BMA announced the results to a survey the conducted to decide what to do about the pensions offer from the coalition government and ultimately rejected their offer.

What do you guys think about this? If you’re just about to start medical school, these changes will obviously have the greatest impact on you!

Do you think this is the right call? Or should doctors get a grip and realise times are tough and compromises have to be made, just like everyone else in the country is doing at the moment? Why should doctors be exempt from this?

Also, the results of the survey raise an interesting ethical dilemma – should doctors be able to strike?

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2 Responses to Pensions

  1. vicky says:

    Yes I think they should have the right to strike, as one of the most regulated professions without the right to strike the government would just take the piss.

    • I agree with you to some extent on this one – I think doctors should be able to make a stand for what they believe in.

      Another couple of tit-bits to mix things up a bit: What would happen if patients died during the strike actions – would doctors on that ward be responsible for the death? Could they even be sued because of their actions – technically they’re acting against their patient’s best wishes.

      As an aside to this – is striking the best approach? There are other ways of making a stand for what you believe in – other professions sometimes do a “go-slow” where they revert older technologies so that they get much less work done. Is this a better alternative and is this type of action any more ethical than striking?

      Even more thoughts from me on this one – what would the patients think if their doctor went on strike – would this make the profession seem greedy to those in other professions who are facing inevitable cuts?

      What do you think?

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