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Doctors Support Call for Industrial Action Over Pensions

February 12, 2012

By a Junior Doctor and Socialist Party Member:

As the fight for public sector pensions intensifies the need for greater unity and resistance is crucial. The message from the ConDems is clear in their final offer for public sector pensions – work longer, pay more, get less. Anger is growing amongst health workers already hit by pay freezes, job losses and an increasingly overstretched NHS.

This was reflected at a meeting called by the BMA (British Medical Association) in Portsmouth this week. There was unanimity amongst the 160 doctors there to call for industrial action short of strike in the BMA’s current consultative survey of members due to close next week. This was up from a third of doctors supporting industrial action short of strike in a similar meeting in the build up to November 30th strike. This fight is not just about pensions.

With companies such as the American consutancy firm McKinsey poised to take over profitable NHS services the ConDems are desperate to slash NHS worker’s terms and conditions to make them more attractive for takeover. This is despite the fact that the NHS pension scheme is set to deliver over £10 billion to the treasury in the next four years. It is key that the BMA works closely with members of other health care unions to build a co-ordinated campaign to fight NHS cuts and privatisation.


Andrew Lansley Must Resign!

June 9, 2011


‘Were I Andrew Lansley I would resign over this issue.” So claimed Mike Hancock, Lib Dem MP for Portsmouth South when presented with a ‘Save Our NHS’ petition by local anti-cuts campaigners, health workers and trade unionists.

Hancock, who sat on the committee which scrutinised the government’s bill to cut and privatise the National Health Service, was unable to answer why the Health Secretary of his government had failed to consult the public during the recent ‘listening exercise’, and was presented with evidence that the original consultancy process had been stage managed to avoid dissent from health workers.

The campaigners also demanded a full public enquiry into Andrew Lansley’s connections to the private health companies which stand to profit from the proposed bill.

While Hancock wished to distance himself from the bill, and the policies of his Government, he is no politician of principle; having achieved the rare political hat trick of  having defected from Labour to the SDP to form the Liberal Democrats before being the first MP to appear on national news to praise the coalition agreement with the Conservatives.  

The campaigners are following this event with petitioning of Tory MPs Penny Mordant of Portsmouth North and Caroline Dinenage of Gosport while building up to the launch of a new ‘Save Our NHS Portsmouth’ campaign, which is backed by the City’s Trades Council, to  stand against all cuts and privatisation to the National Health Service.

Campaign Launch Meeting: Thursday 23rd June, Portsmouth Central Library, 7.30pm

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Picture Credit:  Sarah Standing/Portsmouth News (112021-8056)