Published: 03/02/2005, Volume II4, No. 5941 Page 22

We asked the HSJ100 reader panel, would you have been deterred from working for the NHS if plans to replace a final salary pension scheme with a career average one had been around when you started?

Alan Denton, director of human resources, Salisbury Health Care trust

I do not think I would have been put off, as whatever is agreed the scheme will still be better than most outside the public sector.

The biggest effect of the proposals at the moment is on existing staff, who are concerned about what effect any change might have. This is causing some anxiety, and there is a real need to ensure staff are kept fully informed.

Jane Brown, senior clinical governance facilitator, Worcester Acute Hospitals trust

It will certainly make recruitment and retention worse if the final salary pension is taken away or if new staff are put on a different scheme.

To the majority of NHS staff it could mean working into our seventies. Retirement may never be an option as some may not live to receive it. Staff will look to the private sector or a different career path altogether.

Sara Glover, Deputy director of finance, Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT

A final salary pension scheme was not my primary reason for wanting to work in the NHS. However, it will put some people off if the scheme goes.

Andrew Archibald, general manager, South Yorkshire Ambulance Service trust

Pensions had no influence on my decision to join the NHS. It will not affect recruitment that much as pensions in all sectors are changing and the NHS will still be better than most.