Plans now being considered by the Manx government to sever the link with the NHS pensions scheme will lead to a 'potentially disastrous staff exodus', the British Medical Association warns today.

The BMA says the proposals from an external review of public service pensions are already deterring doctors from staying in the Isle of Man's health service. They could cost doctors thousands of pounds while raising their retirement age by five years. Nine in 10 consultants working in the Isle of Man Health Service are recruited from the UK.

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