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Pensions crisis: Make extra hours non-pensionable to ease winter pressure, says NHS Confederation

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6441 (Published 08 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6441
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The government should consider allowing any pay from extra hours worked by senior doctors to be non-pensionable if they exceed their full-time contracts, to ease workforce pressures this winter, the body that represents NHS organisations has recommended.

In a letter to the chancellor, Sajid Javid, the NHS Confederation’s chief executive, Niall Dickson, urged the Treasury to consider the “time-limited” measure to minimise delays, cancellations, and disruptions to services this winter.1

A tapered annual allowance introduced in 2016 places a limit on how much senior staff can put into their pension pots and causes a tax charge if this is exceeded.

The NHS Confederation and the BMA …

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