It really is time public sector unions stopped taking the lazy option. And those representing the medical profession, above all, should be showing the rest of their comrades leadership – for decisions made over the nation’s healthcare are a matter of life and death.
Yet the doctors’ union is threatening to strike over the current pensions offer, while the nurses and midwives unions are both opposing the coalition’s NHS reforms. It is time to face facts. In the name of patient care and professional integrity, unions are a million miles from where they should be on both these issues.
On pensions, the status quo is not viable. These pensions are underfunded to a staggering extent. Doctors pay in only 8.5 per cent of their salary, while the cost to the taxpayer of the employers’ contribution is equivalent to more than 4