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23.07.19

NHS Providers responds to senior clinicians pension consultations

NHS Providers deputy chief executive, Saffron Cordery, has responded to the launch of a consultation on a 50:50 option for NHS pensions from the Department of Health and Social Care.

Under the current system, many senior clinicians are looking at reducing the hours additional they work so as to slow down the rate at which their NHS pension grows each year. Under the current, there is a annual allowance of up to £40,000 which they are at risk of breaching by working too many hours.

Responding to the launch of the consultation Ms Cordery said: “We welcome the government’s efforts to solve the NHS pensions problem, however this consultation will need to come up with a fast response to what is an immediate and major problem for the NHS and the wider public sector.

READ MORE: Government consulting senior clinicians on NHS pensions changes

“It is already clear that the one proposal at the front and centre of this consultation does not go far enough to address this problem which is now having an impact on NHS performance and patient care. We need to see more options on the table – this is not just about clinicians, it affects very many senior leaders who are integral to the safe running of NHS trusts.

“The government itself now recognises that clinicians on which the service depends are reducing their workload to avoid significant tax bills. These vital staff members are voting with their feet and the effects are now felt across the country.

“Many trusts are telling us that they are expecting to delay significant numbers of surgery cases or are struggling with A&E performance because of these rota gaps.

“While trusts are taking whatever steps they can to manage this problem, we can’t afford to wait for a long consultation process. To gain the confidence of NHS staff we need to see a speedy and meaningful resolution.

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