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British Medical Association slams 'unfair' pension reforms

Doctors' leaders have launched a fresh attack on the Government's controversial pension reforms, labelling them "fundamentally unfair".

The British Medical Association said the changes would entrench disparities across public sector pension schemes, with many NHS staff hardest hit.

The British Medical Association said the pension reforms are "fundamentally unfair". Credit: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

The BMA said the Bill enacting the reforms, which has its second reading later this month, should be amended so that NHS staff do not have to work beyond the age of 65 to receive a full pension.

It took industrial action in June in protest against the reforms, which they said would leave doctors paying significantly more for their pensions than other public sector employees on similar salaries.

Further national industrial action has been suspended, although hospital doctors in Scotland will vote next month on whether to take action before Christmas.