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Letter of the week: Our leaders are betraying us on pensions and reforms

I couldn't agree more with your editorial about the BMA's handling of the pensions dispute (‘BMA pays for pension caution').

The BMA has been too slow and weak in its response to the Government over the pensions issue.

Everyone I talk to locally is extremely angry and frustrated by the recent turn of events.

As you say, this is just an extra tax. I know of a few GPs who are planning early retirement due to this issue and although I will not be retiring myself just yet, I plan to stop paying into the scheme.

It is time the BMA actually supported us and fought the Government on this, taking much firmer action.

Another issue is RCGP chair Dr Clare Gerada agreeing to sit round the table again with the Government regarding the health bill – an action that will be construed by the masses as GPs agreeing with the Government. I certainly did not, as a member of the college, agree to her doing this on my behalf – and feel extremely betrayed by her actions.


From Dr Nigel Wood, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

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