Doctor strike ‘could be the first of many’

TODAY’S industrial action by doctors could be the start of a series of strikes in protest at pension reforms.

Up to 10,000 doctors across Scotland are taking part in industrial action which will see them provide only emergency care to patients in hospitals and surgeries.

Members of the British Medical Association say they “deeply regret” taking the action – the first time doctors in the UK have gone on strike in 37 years – but insist they will continue to fight plans to increase their pension contributions and raise the age of retirement.

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Dr Brian Keighley, chairman of the BMA in Scotland, refused to rule out further action. He said: “The ballot undertaken by the BMA allows more action to be taken after 21 June. The BMA will assess the reaction from governments, patients and doctors before deciding what their next steps will be.”