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BMA draws up pensions battle plan

The BMA plans to launch its legal battle against the Government's cap on GPs' pensions within the next month.

Dr Andrew Dearden, chair of the BMA pension committee, said lawyers were readying a damning case.

The action could involve a High Court judicial review, but other options were being considered, he added.

GPC negotiators have warned a judicial review would be a lengthy process and GPs would be unlikely to see a resolution before the summer.

They have also revealed concern over gaining public support for the fight.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, GPC chair, said 'If we are going to be successful we do have to have public support.

'It will probably be quite difficult in the present climate to explain to the public why GPs feel they are being hard done by.'

Responding to the clamour from some GPs for industrial action, Dr Meldrum said this would be a 'difficult' course.

He said: 'Industrial action has very specific legal complexities around it. It is a little difficult in terms of self-employed people.'

•More than 800 GPs have now signed a petition opposing the pension cap posted on the 10 Downing Street website by Stafford GP Dr Mark Oliver .

You can sign the petition by visiting: petitions.pm.gov.uk/

GPPension

•Letters, page22

• Find out what the changes mean at the Pulse Pensions Seminar in Liverpool on 20 March –

Details page 42

or phone 020 7921 8505

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