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The lesser spotted 'BMA wins' headline

The was an audible gasp in the Pulse office when the news came through yesterday that the BMA had won its judicial review of Patricia Hewitt's decision to cap GPs' pensions.

The was an audible gasp in the Pulse office when the news came through yesterday that the BMA had won its judicial review of Patricia Hewitt's decision to cap GPs' pensions.



Not because the BMA didn't have a very good case. Taken at face value, it was a cast iron case. There was a binding contract. The Government broke it. End of.

No, the gasp was because it has seemed so long since the BMA won anything, let alone a battle with the Government.

It felt the equivalent of Derby County winning a match. Against Manchester United. At Old Trafford. With 10 men.

It's only victory recently was the 'best shot delivered to the foot' prize in the media balls-up awards for asking for an extended license for BMA House while simultaneously demanding a clampdown on binge drinking.

Of course, it did win a lifetime achievement award in 2003 for 'biggest hoodwinking of a Government in a pay deal ever'. But it has to be said the opposition at the time was very poor indeed.

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