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The British Medical Association has published an open letter this morning saying it is with "great regret" that doctors have been "forced" to take industrial action on June 21, claiming it is because of unfair changes to pensions.
Dr Richard Vautrey from the British Medical Association, who supports the industrial action, and breast cancer surgeon Simon Marsh, who's against it, spoke to Daybreak about the impact the action may have.
The British Medical Association said the decision for doctors to take industrial action over pension changes had not "been taken lightly", in an open letter to newspapers.
A majority of BMA members decided to take action over the changes, with doctors set to refuse all non-urgent care on June 21. The letter, printed in The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Sun, said: "On that day, doctors will be in their usual workplaces but providing urgent and emergency care only.
"We will be postponing non-urgent cases and although this will be disruptive to the NHS, rest assured, doctors will be there when our patients need us most and our action will not impact on your safety."
Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said the decision by the British Medical Association to go on strike showed the strength of feeling against the Government's pension reforms.
However he urged but doctors to "pull back" from taking any action that could impact patient care.
Hospital Consultant, Richard Marks, says he believes doctors going on strike is morally wrong and won't have the desired effect.
The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, said strike action by doctors would not change anything over the deal on pensions.
In a statement the British Medical Association said:
BMA: Doctors will take industrial action on June 21 in a dispute over pensions.
Director of NHS Employers, Dean Royles