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'Hundreds' quit BMA over pensions action

‘Hundreds’ of BMA members left the organisation after it suspended industrial action in June, but ‘many more’ were recruited, the association’s chair has told Pulse.

In an exclusive interview, Dr Mark Porter, a consultant in Coventry, said the high-profile industrial action had prompted considerable turnover in the BMA’s membership.

The association took industrial action in June this year following a ballot of members, but suspended further action after arguing that ‘only escalated action’ would prompt a rethink by ministers.

Dr Porter said: ‘I’ve had personally a number of contacts from members who have resigned from the organisation after we suspended our industrial action. They expressed their opinion that we should have gone further, harder and some suggested all-out strike.’

But he added that the loss of ranks had been ‘greatly offset’ by ‘a few thousand’ new recruits.

Click here to watch the Big Interview with Dr Mark Porter

Readers' comments (4)

  • Tom Caldwell

    Were these "new recruits" perhaps bolstered by the fact that each year a willing group sign up whilst still at medical school or soon after they qualify? How many of the "new recruits" come from sources other than those that should be expected?

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  • Vinci Ho

    BMA is under intense pressure to show it can and it will do 'something' . Something which matters and hurts your enemy NOT something for the sake of doing something.

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  • Let me remove any doubt. Consultants have repeatedly voted for further action. We may need to take emergency only type action to push forward our fight against the governments unfair proposals, and soon, prior to legislation.

    We are committed to a repeat ballot later this year.

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  • I left the BMA over this lack of action- and I had long wondered why I was a member and anger over their lack of proper representative drove me to actually get up and cancel my subscription. I would happily sign up to any organisation that would be willing to stand up for doctors- as currently I feel that we are being attacked on all sides and just putting our heads in the sand

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