Doctors on Strike, Treating Only Emergency Patients
Following an ongoing battle among the health professionals and the government over pension scheme, the doctors have been asked to treat only emergency patients. It has been informed that the government although have proposed changes in the pension scheme, the medical professionals are not agree to it.
The British Medical Association is expected to ask the medical professionals to take industrial action against the government’s proposed changes. For 24 hours the union of the doctors would be on strike. While being on strike, the doctors would only be treating emergency cases.
It is believed that the action would cause unrest in the NHS. Moreover, because of the strike, a large number of appointments and operations would be postponed. The government has proposed a plan under which the doctors would be paid more in the pension and retire later.
The British Medical Association is completely against the proposal and has described it as unfair and unnecessary. At present, a medical profession who is earning £110,000 a year expects to retire by the age of 60 and can expect to get a pension an annual pension of £48,000.
The ministers have said that the government can no longer go ahead with such schemes. Therefore, changes have been drafted. The Chairman of the British Medical Association, Dr. Hamish Meldrum was reported as saying, “We’re taking this step very reluctantly and only because the Government will not engage with us to even try to find a fairer way forward. NHS staff agreed to major changes to their pensions only four years ago”.
The Health Minister, Simon Burns, has expressed his disappointment against the action taken by the medical professionals in showing their anger against the changes. The step chosen by the doctors can actually have adverse effect over the health of the patients.