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.
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.
Senior NHS staff are being warned that they could be hit by changes to taxation on pensions which come into force in April.
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.
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.
The chancellor used his autumn budget statement to warn of public sector pay restraint beyond 2015.
Private providers of health service funded care will be granted access to the NHS Pension Scheme under proposals announced today.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Doctors’ leaders have launched a fresh attack on the government’s controversial pension reforms, labelling them “fundamentally unfair”.
Doctors in Scotland could strike again if a row over pensions is not resolved, with tougher industrial action planned this time around.
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.
NHS trusts could have to pay higher pension contributions for some staff groups so they can retire earlier, HSJ has learned.
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.
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