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NHS pensions

George Osborne

Budget 2014: Pensions change to cost NHS £125m

Plans announced in today’s Budget to increase employer contributions to the NHS Pension Scheme are expected to increase costs by around £125m a year, HSJ can reveal.

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DH eases private sector access to NHS pension scheme

A government U-turn will mean independent providers of NHS funded healthcare will not be required to provide a financial guarantee to become part of the NHS Pension Scheme.

Workforce warned of impact of pension tax shake-up

Senior NHS staff are being warned that they could be hit by changes to taxation on pensions which come into force in April.

Women glass ceiling

Exclusive: Female consultants face awards 'discrimination'

A significant decline in the proportion of clinical excellence awards being awarded to women has led to claims that female consultants are falling victim to discrimination, HSJ has learned.

Killer nurses among staff stripped of NHS pensions

Two nurses convicted of murdering patients are among 11 NHS workers that have had their pensions taken away after committing serious offences, it has been revealed.

George Osborne

Chancellor signals further pay restraint

The chancellor used his autumn budget statement to warn of public sector pay restraint beyond 2015.

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Private sector wins access to NHS pension

Private providers of health service funded care will be granted access to the NHS Pension Scheme under proposals announced today.

NHS staff transferred to private sector will keep pensions

The Treasury has approved plans for workers transferred out of the health service to retain NHS pensions, in a move predicted to make it easier for independent providers to win NHS contracts.

NHS staffing and average earnings

Analysed: Staff earnings and cost to the health service

Analysis for HSJ reveals the earnings of NHS staff groups - and the changes they have seen in recent years - as unions and NHS Employers clash over deciding next year’s pay settlements.

Treasury

Exclusive: Treasury raid on pensions could drain billions from NHS

Treasury plans to recalculate the value of public sector pensions and introduce a single tier pension could leave the health service facing an annual bill of £2.5bn, HSJ can reveal.

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Call for evidence on longer working

Healthcare employers and workers are being asked for views on the impact on staff of working into their 60s as part of a review that could pave the way for employers to make increased contributions for staff in particularly demanding roles.

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Exclusive: Mass board resignations at ex-NHS social enterprise

The chair and other non-executive directors of a social enterprise providing NHS community services have resigned en masse following a row over executive pay, HSJ has learned.

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DH opens door to NHS pension for private sector

Private companies providing NHS services are being allowed access to the NHS pension scheme ahead of anticipated Treasury action to widen eligibility, HSJ has learned.

Injecting a rubber hand for doctors' training

Analysed: The renegotiation and future of junior doctors' contracts

This week’s HSJ Local briefing looks at the potential impact of the renegotiation of junior doctors’ contracts on employers and doctors, with initial talks possibly beginning as early as February or March

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NHS warned to begin planning now for pensions change

The Pensions Regulator has warned the NHS needs to take action now to be ready for the start of the government’s auto-enrolment pension scheme.

BMA slams 'unfair' pension reforms

Doctors’ leaders have launched a fresh attack on the government’s controversial pension reforms, labelling them “fundamentally unfair”.

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BMA ballot plan in Scotland pensions dispute

Doctors in Scotland could strike again if a row over pensions is not resolved, with tougher industrial action planned this time around.

Surgery

NHS on course to lose pensions advantage

The NHS’s competitive advantage is set to be significantly weakened by a move to offer the NHS pension to all private sector staff working on clinical contracts funded by the service.

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Trusts face higher pension costs so frontline staff can retire early

NHS trusts could have to pay higher pension contributions for some staff groups so they can retire earlier, HSJ has learned.

BMA suspends industrial action and joins pensions talks

The British Medical Association has announced it is “suspending plans for further industrial action” and will join talks between other health unions and government about the detail of pension reform proposals.

More on pensions

How will healthcare change in 2014?

The complex and demanding issues providers face

A host of changes to NHS pensions has made planning for retirement less straightforward

Explaining pensions changes and the NHS

Providing workers with the full picture is essential

Broken piggy bank

Fair for all? What the future holds for pensions in the NHS

With government proposals expected in October this year, Beachcroft LLP partners Neil Bhan and Nicholas Chronias explore the possible effects of long term pension reform in the NHS following Lord Hutton’s report into public sector pensions back in March.

A ballot box

Being prepared: practical and legal advice in managing industrial action

As cost saving measures begin to tell on staff numbers and terms and conditions, the partnership working model between employers and the principal unions in the NHS looks set for testing times, write Beachcroft LLP partners Neil Bhan and Guy Bredenkamp.

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The legal issues facing the transition to consortia commissioning

The transition towards GP led consortia and commissioning will require firm and clear guidance on legal and policy issues. Fiona Boyse, associate at Mills & Reeve LLP, offers a legal insight into the changes facing commissioning.

NHS non-medical workforce over age 50

How to support NHS staff through retirement

Preparing employees for their retirement is good practice – and so is recognising that some staff will offer a valuable resource after they have retired, reports Stuart Shepherd

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