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Antony Goldstone and David Bailey are correct to highlight the serious adverse effects that the Pensions crisis may have on frontline NHS services.
Paediatric Intensive Care is a relatively small speciality. 30 regional units and retrieval services provide vital services for critically ill children across the UK. We conducted a snap survey of Consultant colleagues. Of those respondents who have been affected by the tax changes, 88% are considering reducing their programmed activities and 71% taking early retirement. 30% respondents anticipate that, as a consequence of reducing programmed activities, it may be necessary to reduce the number of beds in their units.
We feel it is important to highlight the potentially disastrous unintended impact that the pensions changes may have on the provision of national services for critically ill children and young people in the NHS, and call for the Johnson government to tackle the root cause of the crisis – namely, the tapered annual allowance.
No competing interests
09 September 2019
Consultant Paediatric Intensive Care
Peter-Marc Fortune, Adrian Humphry, Padmanabhan Ramnarayan
Paediatric Intensive Care Society
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Upper Maudlin Street Bristol, BS2 8BJ