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Results from BMA poll of public support on pensions action

Read the results of independent research from Ipsos MORI into the general public's views on the pensions dispute, commissioned by the BMA.

Read the results of independent research from Ipsos MORI into the general public's views on the pensions dispute, commissioned by the BMA.

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QA) As you may know, the government is introducing changes to the pension paid to people working in the NHS. Doctors working in the NHS are affected and took industrial action on the 21st June as a protest against the government's changes.  From what you know or have heard, please can you tell me the two or three main reasons doctors gave for taking industrial action?

 

 

Doctors want better pensions

25% 

Doctors' retirement age is being increased/Doctors will have to work longer before retiring

19 

Doctors will have to pay more into their pension

18

Doctors will receive a lower pension

10

Doctors want to be paid more

10

Doctors are unhappy about changes to the NHS/NHS Reforms

9

Government is breaking deal made a few years ago/in 2008

4

Doctors have to pay more than civil servants on the same salary

4

Doctors will lose the final salary scheme

2

NHS pension scheme currently brings in more than it pays out/NHS pension scheme is not in financial trouble/NHS pension scheme is in surplus

2

Doctors are selfish

2

Public sector cuts generally

1

Anti-government/Doctors don't like the government

1

Other

6

I didn't know doctors are taking industrial action

9

Don't know

21 

 

Q1) As you may know, on Thursday this week doctors took industrial action. Before this interview, were you aware or not aware that doctors had taken industrial action?
 

 

I was aware

81%

I was not aware

19

Don't know

-

       

Q2)  And how much, if at all, have you heard about doctors taking industrial action?

 

 %

 A great deal

 16

 A fair amount

 43

 Not very much

 37

 Not at all

 *

 Don't know

 59

 A great deal / Fair amount

 41

 Not very much/Not at all

 

As you may know, there have been several rounds of negotiations between doctors and the government about their pensions, but the government has now made its final offer, which doctors have rejected. On Thursday this week they took industrial action as a protest against the government's changes to their pensions.

Q3)  On the whole, from what you know and/or have heard, would you tend to support the government or the doctors in this dispute?
Base: All

 

Wave 4*
%

 Strongly support the doctors

 26

 Tend to support the doctors

 23

 Support neither

 19

 Tend to support the government

 15

 Strongly support the government

 14

 Don't know

 3

 Support the doctors

 49

 Support the government

 29

* For Waves 1-2 the preamble to the question was different to that in Wave 3: "As you may know, there have been several rounds of negotiations between doctors and the government about their pensions, but the government has now made its final offer. Many doctors – including hospital doctors and GPs are unhappy with the changes."
** For Wave 3 the preamble read: "As you may know doctors have rejected the government's final offer and will now be taking industrial action as a protest against the government's changes to their pensions."

Q4)  And do you think that doctors were right or wrong to take industrial action?

 

 %

 Right

 48

 Wrong

 42

 Don't know

 10

Q5a) Were you, or any members of your immediate family, directly affected by the industrial action taken by doctors on Thursday?

 

 %

 Yes

 5

 No

 94

 Don't know

 1

Q5b)  And in what way were you, or any members of your immediate family, affected by the industrial action taken by doctors on Thursday?
Base: All those who were affected by the industrial action (52)
NB. Very small base size

 

 %

Hospital appointment or procedure cancelled 

 18

GP appointment cancelled 

 12

Couldn't get seen by a GP 

 10

GP appointment postponed

 9

Longer than usual waiting time at GP surgery 

 9

Hospital appointment or procedure postponed

 7

Couldn't get seen in a hospital 

 1

 Other

 37

 Don't know

 3

Q6)  To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement:

 

The safety of patients was put at risk by doctors taking industrial action
%

Doctors did as much as possible to make sure patients were not put at risk during the industrial action
%

 Strongly agree

 11

 38

 Tend to agree

 16

 30

 Neither agree nor disagree

 17

 16

 Tend to disagree

 29

 6

 Strongly disagree

 25

 5

 Don't know

 2

 5

 Agree

 27

 68

 Disagree

 54

 11

Q7) To what extent, if at all, do you think patients were <INSERT> by the industrial action taken by doctors on Thursday?

 

 

A great deal %

A fair amount %

Not very much %

Not at all %

Don't know %

A great deal / Fair amount %

Not very much / Not at all %

 Harmed

4

17

48

23

7

21

71

 Inconvenienced

14

40

36

6

4

54

42

 

Q7a) To what extent, if at all, do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the ongoing dispute between doctors and the government.

 

 

Industrial action is pointless as the government won't change its mind on NHS pension reform

Doctors should consider taking further action in order to try to get the government to change its mind on NHS pension reform

Doctors had to take action because the government acted unfairly over the doctors' pensions

Doctors should never have taken industrial action in the first place

Strongly agree %

20

18

23

22

Tend to agree %

26

24

25

19

Neither / nor %

13

16

17

12

Tend to disagree %

17

16

16

21

Strongly disagree %

19

23

16

22

Don't know %

3

3

3

3

Agree %

46

42

48

41

Disagree %

36

39

32

43

Q8)  To what extent do you support or oppose doctors taking further industrial action, similar to that taken on Thursday if the government does not re-open negotiations.

 

 %

 Strongly support

 19

 Tend to support

 23

 Neither/Nor

 20

 Tend to oppose

 15

 Strongly oppose

 20

 Don't know

 2

 Support

 42

 Oppose

 35

Q9)  As a result of the industrial action taken by doctors this week, how likely or unlikely do you think the government is to re-open negotiations with doctors over the changes to pensions?

 

 %

Very likely

 8

Fairly likely

 27

Fairly unlikely

 38

Very unlikely

 22

Don't know

 5

Likely

 35

Unlikely

 60

Q10)  Which, if any, of the following statements comes closest to your opinion of doctors as a result of the industrial action?

 

 %

I think worse of doctors for taking industrial action

 16

Doctors taking industrial action has made no difference to my opinion of them

 70

I think better of doctors for taking industrial action

 13

Don't know

 1

 

Click here to read the full results as originally published by the BMA.

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