The BMA has announced a series of ‘roadshow’ events where GPs across the UK can raise questions over the union’s plans for industrial action over pensions and get further details on their timetable for balloting members.
An event in Bristol on the 19 March will be the first of 21 events to be held across the UK where BMA pensions negotiators will give the profession the chance to raise ‘questions, concerns and ideas about how [the BMA] proceeds’ with industrial action on pensions.
The BMA said the events will update members on the timetable for balloting and provide more details on the ‘industrial action approach’ members will vote on.
The roadshow, which will involve 12 events in England, four in Scotland, three in Northern Ireland and two in Wales, promises to reveal more details on the types of industrial action that GPs will be expected to vote on.
BMA Council and GPC have held in-depth discussions on ‘craft specific’ options on the last week but members have been put under strict instructions to keep details shrouded in secrecy.
Announcing the roadshow events, the BMA’s website states:‘We know that the profession will have lots of questions, concerns and ideas about how we proceed.’
‘Ensuring no harm to patients has to be our key consideration. We have organised a series of events across the UK over the next few weeks to update you on the ballot timetable and industrial action approach, and to answer yourquestions and listen to your comments on what happens next.’
‘Please try to attend an event to ensure you are fully informed and to share your views with your colleagues and the BMA.’