UK - Doctors' could receive a pensions boost if new government proposals are approved.
The new terms would allow GPs – who pay into the NHS Superannuation Scheme in England and Wales – to accrue pensions on all NHS work.
Previously GPs were unable to claim locum work as pensionable pay. The new arrangement would be backdated to April 1, 2002.
Chairman of the British Medical Association’s superannuation committee Dr Simon Fradd said: “The negotiating team and the government have more or less reached an agreement. The issue is whether the contract is attractive enough for GPs themselves to vote in favour of it.“
The proposals will also see GPs’ pensions increase in line with the total income of all GPs year-on-year. Under current regulations, “uprating” is at the discretion of the secretary of state.
But negotiators are still arguing over an 11% increase which they say GPs are owed.
Dr Fradd explained: “While I think this is a good deal…the profession is still pretty miffed the ‘shortfall’ of 11% has not been advanced.”
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