UK - Doctors' pensions will jump by at least 20% over the next three years following changes to their National Health Service contracts.
And some experts claim general practitioners’ pensions could more than double.
British Medical Association pensions negotiator Andrew Dearden said doctors had seen a “widening of income” classified as NHS work and which was pensionable.
The new contracts will allow GPs – who pay into the NHS Superannuation Scheme in England and Wales – to accrue pensions on all NHS work, such as locum work and disability living allowance forms.
Dearden added that any profits from practices would also become pensionable.
The various elements of the new contracts have different implementation dates – locum work will be backdated to April 2001 while other changes take effect from April this year or April 2004.
The contracts will also see GPs’ pensions increase in line with the total income of all GPs year-on-year. This is in contrast to current regulations, where “uprating” is at the discretion of the health secretary.
BMA general practitioners’ committee chairman John Chisholm said: “This new contract will be a turning point.
“It allows GPs to control their workload, receive better and fairer pay and enhances their pension.”
A BMA ballot last month found eight out of 10 GPs in favour of the new contract.
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