Doctors' strike will not force a re-think
WE may not know the numbers of doctors who are planning to strike on Thursday but their action will undoubtedly cause disruption. It may be considerable and involve scores of people having their appointments and operations cancelled. But even if it only affected one or two people, the upset for them would be enormous.
That is because what is routine in the lives of doctors is the very opposite for patients.
For them visiting a doctor, especially in hospital, is often a major event. And in many cases a nerve-wracking one.
So by making a stand the doctors are causing unnecessary upset to patients. And a day-long strike is unlikely to change anything.
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So is it anything more than a token gesture?
Doctors are intelligent people whose work is highly valued. They are paid well and even with the planned changes their pensions will still be better than most people could hope for.
But they are not alone in facing adverse changes to their pensions. Millions of people have faced similar alterations.
Thursday's action, the first in 40 years, is uncharacteristically petulant and unlikely to win them friends.