An NHS England report has found “significant issues” with the accuracy of GP pension records, HSJ has learned.
The report has identified “significant issues” with the accuracy of GP records dating back to 2004, according to a letter from the British Medical Association to its members.
The letter, sent today and seen by HSJ, said: “NHS England have told us that they have commissioned a report on the accuracy of GP pension records, and have found significant issues with the sample of records they assessed dating back to 2004. We have asked for full details of this review but NHS England has not let us have sight of the report so far.
“We do not, therefore, know what specifically the issue relates to, what might have caused it or how many GPs might be affected. We are now pushing to have an urgent meeting with NHS England to discuss this, given its clear importance.”
The letter added that NHSE has commissioned a further review on how to resolve the issues identified, which is due to take place in the next few weeks.
“NHS England have informed us that they will be unable to advise individuals until this is done,” it said.
In a statment to HSJ a spokeswoman from NHS England said: “NHS England is currently looking into concerns which have been raised surrounding GP pension records dating back to 2004, including a question of whether GPs have been fulfilling their legal requirement to submit annual self-certification forms. This work is ongoing in conjunction with other relevant agencies.”
Capita PLC became responsible for processing GP pension contributions after it took over primary care support services in April 2016. Prior to this the service was provided in house by NHS England.
According to a statment on the BMA’s website, it has receieved reports of “significant issues” with the processing of contributions by Capita which have led to cases of incorrect records.
However, it is not clear whether the “significant issues” identified in NHS England’s report related to Capita’s service.
NHSE and the BMA were approached for comment.