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Doctors can make deferred choice on pension contributions

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n362 (Published 08 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n362
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The BMA has backed the UK government’s decision to allow doctors to make a deferred choice on their pension contributions, in response to unlawful discrimination that arose from changes made in 2015.

The Court of Appeal ruled that those changes unlawfully discriminated against younger members of public service pension schemes because only older members—those within 10 years of retirement in April 2012—were allowed to remain in the older and more favourable final salary scheme,1 while younger doctors were forced to move to the new scheme.

After consulting on two options to remedy the discrimination the government said that it had decided to proceed with the deferred choice rather than the immediate choice option.2

“This means that members will …

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