Doctors plan work to rule

Dr Dean Marshall, Dalkeith Medical Practice
Dr Dean Marshall, Dalkeith Medical Practice

Industrial action by Scotland’s doctors will not risk patient safety, a Midlothian GP insists.

Dr Dean Marshall, of Dalkeith Medical Practice, gave that assurance as his fellow professionals embark on their first work to rule since 1975 tomorrow (Thursday).

He said: “I was still at primary school and just starting to think I might want to be a doctor.

“Thirty-seven years later, it is with a heavy heart that I voted for industrial action, but I felt like many doctors, I had been forced to take this action to get the Government to listen to us.

“I hope that the Government will see sense and return to meaningful talks so that it can be called off.”

Doctors claim that the Government is going back on a deal negotiated in good faith four years ago.

At that time, NHS staff agreed major changes to their pension scheme to make it sustainable for the future. A tiered contribution scheme meant higher earners contributed more to protect lower-paid workers.

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