BMA ends pension talks in Scotland

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DOCTORS leaders have ended talks with the Scottish Government over increases in their pension contributions.

The British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland said it made the decision after ministers said there was little scope for negotiating alternatives to changes proposed by the UK coalition.

Under UK plans, NHS staff will have to work for longer and pay more. This prompted strike action by public service workers in protest.

Dr Alan Robertson, chair of the BMA’s pensions committee and member of the association’s Scottish council, said: “The BMA, along with the other health trade unions in Scotland have decided not to continue with the Scottish level talks on NHS pensions.

“Tinkering around the edges will do little to mitigate the most damaging elements of the UK-wide pension reforms.”