The British Medical Association has claimed a 'major equal pay victory' in a case involving 867 doctors working part-time in mental health. An employment tribunal in Birmingham heard three test cases brought by the BMA, which argued that the refusal to give mental health officer status and benefits to part-time doctors amounted to indirect discrimination because the majority of such staff were women. The tribunal's finding in favour of the female doctors means they will get backdated pension rights. The right to retire at 55 after at least 20 years' service in mental health will also be extended to part-time doctors.