UK doctors have voted strongly in favour of taking industrial action for the first time since 1975, over the government’s planned changes to the NHS pension.
A ballot of 104,544 medics by the British Medical Association resulted in a turnout of more than 50% with doctors voting overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action.
The BMA council will meet today to discuss the outcome of the ballot and decide on the next steps. But any industrial action in response to the ballot must take place within the next four weeks.
The ballot consisted of six separate votes for GPs, consultants, junior doctors, speciality medics, occupational medicine doctors, and public health and community doctors.
In total 52,133 doctors voted on the question of taking industrial action - a turnout of 49.8%. A similar figure of 52,068 voted on the question of strike action.
The largest support for action came from junior doctors who voted by 92% in favour of industrial action with a total of 12,041 votes cast. A total of 81.9% of junior doctors voted in favour of strike action with 12,040 votes cast.
Consultants voted 84.2% in favour of industrial action, and 73% for strike action, with more than 18,600 votes cast.
GPs also supported industrial action with 78.9% in favour and 63.3% in favour of strike action, on more than 17,400 votes cast.
Speciality doctors voted 87% in favour of action and 76% in favour of a strike on more than 3,450 votes cast.
Occupational medicine doctors voted 39% in favour of action and 34% in favour of strike, on 41 votes cast.
Public health and community doctors voted 75% in favour of action and 60% in favour of strike on more than 390 votes cast.