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NHS pension: doctors’ views sought on “50:50” proposal

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 22 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4810
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The government has launched a consultation on proposals that would allow senior clinicians to halve their pension contributions to avoid big tax charges.1

The “50:50” option, unveiled as part of the interim workforce plan for the NHS in England last month,2 will allow doctors to halve the rate of their pension growth in exchange for halving their contributions to the NHS pension scheme. Currently, the NHS scheme does not offer any flexibility in the rate at which the pension builds, with the highest earning consultants contributing 14.5% of their pensionable pay each month.

This has led to doctors taking early …

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