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Results of BMA ballot on industrial action over changes to the NHS pension scheme – BMA Council's decision on next steps to follow

(issued Wednesday 30 May 2012)

The BMA has today (Wednesday 30 May, 2012) published the results of its ballots of members on industrial action over changes to the NHS pension scheme. It has also sent them directly to all relevant members and employers.

There were six separate ballots covering different branches of practice across the UK: general practitioners; consultant doctors; junior doctors; staff associate, specialist and specialty doctors; occupational medicine doctors; and public health and community health doctors. The ballots opened on Monday 14 May and closed at 5pm on Tuesday 29 May, 2012. The results are listed below and available at: http://www.bma.org.uk/nhspensionreform

Doctors were asked two questions – whether they were willing to take part in industrial action short of a strike, and whether they were willing to take part in a strike. Although the BMA’s planned action does not constitute a strike as the term is normally understood by the public, the two questions were asked in order to provide maximum legal protection. The form of industrial action proposed by the BMA would involve doctors providing all urgent and emergency care, but postponing non-urgent cases for one or more 24 hour periods

BMA Council is meeting today (Wednesday 30 May) to discuss the results and to decide on next steps. Only BMA Council can sanction industrial action in the event of a majority of members who return valid ballot papers voting in favour of industrial action.

BMA Council’s decision on next steps will be announced at a press briefing at BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP at 12:30pm today.

The BMA or its representatives will not be commenting further until that announcement is made.

Note to editors

1) A briefing paper on the ballot, the form of industrial action proposed by the BMA, and the changes to NHS pensions is available at: http://www.bma.org.uk/images/bmapensionsmediabriefingmay2012-2_tcm41-212763.pdf

2) A total 104,544 members were balloted across six separate ballots. Overall there was a 50% turnout. The results of the six separate ballots are as follows:

General Practitioners

Question 1
Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?



Result of voting

Votes cast in the ballot:
17,561

Spoiled voting papers:

37

Total number of valid papers to be counted:

17,524
Individuals answering YES 13,837 (78.96% of valid vote)
Individuals answering NO 3,687 (21.04% of valid vote)



Total 17,524 (100% of valid vote)


Turnout: 53.18%


Question 2
Are you prepared to take part in a strike?



Result of voting

Votes cast in the ballot:
17,561

Spoiled voting papers:

73

Total number of valid papers to be counted:

17,488
Individuals answering YES 11,062 (63.25% of valid vote)
Individuals answering NO 6,426 (36.75% of valid vote)

Total 17,488 (100% of valid vote)



Turnout: 53.18%


Consultants

Votes cast in the ballot:
18,721

Spoiled voting papers:

50

Total number of valid papers to be counted:

18,671
Question 1
Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?



Result of voting


Individuals answering YES 15,733 (84.26% of valid vote)
Individuals answering NO 2,938 (15.74% of valid vote)



Total 18,671 (100% of valid vote)


Turnout: 55.95%


Question 2
Are you prepared to take part in a strike?



Result of voting

Votes cast in the ballot:
18,721

Spoiled voting papers:

63

Total number of valid papers to be counted:

18,658

Individuals answering YES 13,637 (73.09% of valid vote)
Individuals answering NO 5,021 (26.91% of valid vote)

Total 18,658 (100% of valid vote)



Turnout: 55.95%


Junior Doctors

Question 1
Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?



Result of voting

Votes cast in the ballot:
12,060

Spoiled voting papers:

19

Total number of valid papers to be counted:

12.041

Individuals answering YES 11,113 (92.29% of valid vote)
Individuals answering NO 928 (7.71% of valid vote)



Total: 12,041 (100% of valid vote)


Turnout: 39.51%


Question 2
Are you prepared to take part in a strike?



Result of voting

Votes cast in the ballot:
12,060

Spoiled voting papers:

20

Total number of valid papers to be counted:

12,040


Individuals answering YES 9,863 (81.92% of valid vote)
Individuals answering NO 2,177 (18.08 % of valid vote)

Total: 12,040 (100% of valid vote)

Turnout: 39.52%

Staff, Associate Specialists and Specialty Doctors

Question 1
Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?



Result of voting

Votes cast in the ballot:
3,476

Spoiled voting papers:

11

Total number of valid papers to be counted:

3,465

Individuals answering YES 3,030 (87.45 % of valid vote)
Individuals answering NO 435 (12.55 % of valid vote)



Total 3,465 (100% of valid vote)


Turnout: 52.00%


Question 2
Are you prepared to take part in a strike?



Result of voting

Votes cast in the ballot:
3,476

Spoiled voting papers:

25

Total number of valid papers to be counted:

3,451


Individuals answering YES 2,644 (76.62 % of valid vote)
Individuals answering NO 807 (23.38 % of valid vote)

Total 3,451 (100% of valid vote)

Turnout: 52.01%

Occupational Medicine Doctors

Ballot result - Occupational Medicine Doctors


29 May 2012


Here are the results of the ballot of members in relation to the trade dispute concerning changes to the NHS pension scheme for Occupational Medicine Doctors. Below are the results of that ballot


Question 1
Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?



Result of voting

Votes cast in the ballot:
41

Spoiled voting papers:

0

Total number of valid papers to be counted:

41

Individuals answering YES 16 (39.02 % of valid vote)
Individuals answering NO 25 (60.98 % of valid vote)



Total 41 (100% of valid vote)


Turnout: 30.15%


Question 2
Are you prepared to take part in a strike?



Result of voting

Votes cast in the ballot:
41

Spoiled voting papers:

0

Total number of valid papers to be counted:

41

Individuals answering YES 14 (34.15 % of valid vote)
Individuals answering NO 27 (65.85 % of valid vote)

Total 41 (100% of valid vote)



Turnout: 30.15%

Public Health and Community Health Doctors

Ballot result - Public Health and Community Health Doctors


29 May 2012


Here are the results of the ballot of members in relation to the trade dispute concerning changes to the NHS pension scheme for Public Health and Community Health Doctors . Below are the results of that ballot


Question 1
Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?



Result of voting

Votes cast in the ballot:
391

Spoiled voting papers:

0

Total number of valid papers to be counted:

391

Individuals answering YES 294 (75.19 % of valid vote)
Individuals answering NO 97 (24.81 % of valid vote)



Total 391 (100% of valid vote)


Turnout: 52.55%


Question 2
Are you prepared to take part in a strike?



Result of voting

Number of voting papers returned:
391

Spoiled voting papers:

1

Total number of valid papers to be counted:

390

Individuals answering YES 235 (60.26 % of valid vote)
Individuals answering NO 155 (39.74 % of valid vote)

Total 390 (100% of valid vote)



Turnout: 52.55%


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