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A total of 78% of GPs have backed industrial action over pensions on a turn-out of 53%.

63% of the 17,561 GPs who voted in the ballot, voted yes to taking strike action and 78% backed taking industrial action short of a strike. The number of GPs who voted represented 53% of the total GP BMA membership.

Although the BMA does not plan a strike, for example a withdrawal of labour, for legal reasons members who wanted to take action had to agree to both industrial and strike action. This means in practice that non-urgent care could be stopped with practices remaining open for urgent care.

The percentage of GPs who voted in favour of action was lower than other specialty groups.

Over 70% of the 18,721 consultants who took part voted yes/yes, while 82% of the 12,060 junior doctors who took part voted in favour of both strike and industrial action.

The BMA Council meets today to consider the results and discuss next steps. A decision is expected early this afternoon. Keep an eye on GPonline.com for breaking news about what it decides.

 Full story at Gponline.com