Pensions

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Government reveals plan to bring more stability to NHS pensions

The government is consulting on plans which would bring more stability to public sector pensions, including those in the NHS.

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Multiple reports of problems with new payment and pension system

There have been multiple reports of problems with a new pension and payment system introduced for GPs.

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‘Severe risk’ of doctors cutting hours or retiring early after tax relief frozen

Experts are warning of a ‘severe risk’ doctors may scale back their hours or retire early after the Budget delivered a “kick in the teeth” five-year tax relief freeze.

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Government u-turns over exit pay after legal battle

The government has u-turned over plans to cap exit payments for public sector workers, including in the NHS, following a union’s legal challenge.

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‘Wasted opportunity’: Government rejects NHS pension reform calls

The government has rejected extensive calls to reform the NHS Pension Scheme, saying measures brought in during last March’s Budget have stopped doctors incurring high tax bills when working overtime.

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High-earning doctors could face ‘large and unexpected’ tax bills because of covid work

NHS doctors are at risk of being hit with “large and unexpected” pension tax bills due to changes to their work patterns during the pandemic, experts are warning.

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Government to give NHS staff ‘difficult’ pension choice

NHS Pension Scheme members face ‘difficult’ decisions over their benefits under government proposals to fix ‘unlawful’ discrimination in public sector schemes.

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NHS managers must pass ‘situational test’ to qualify for covid death assurance plan

The families of many NHS managers and other administrative staff will not be eligible to claim the government’s new £60,000 payout for workers who die from coronavirus, HSJ has established.

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Insurance scheme to cover NHS staff who die from coronavirus

The families of frontline NHS and social care workers who have died from coronavirus could get a pay out of £60,000, the government has announced.

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Unions push for enhanced death in service cover

Several trade unions have urged the government to enhance death in service cover for all NHS staff who are tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

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Chancellor lifts capital budget by £1bn next year

The Department of Health and Social Care’s budget for capital investment will be lifted by £1bn in 2020-21 compared to previous plans.

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NHS managers included in government pensions ‘fix’

The government has raised the threshold for where the annual allowance taper is applied from £110,000 to £200,000 in a bid to address the NHS’ pensions crisis.

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‘Realism’ urged over pensions tax rule reform

The NHS must be “realistic” about how far the government will be able to go when changing pensions tax rules in the forthcoming Budget, NHS Providers has warned, in anticipation of the Treasury confirming a partial solution this week.

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NHSE/I: Too high doctors’ pay will hamper long-term plan delivery

NHS chiefs have backed a 2 per cent pay rise for doctors — but warned anything higher would hinder the ability to deliver on long-term plan commitments.

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Exclusive: Leak reveals government fears over 50,000 nurses plan

Senior government officials are challenging NHS England’s plans for boosting retention to deliver the prime minister’s target of 50,000 more nurses, a leaked email reveals.

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HSJ’s 10 most read workforce stories of 2019

As 2019 winds down, HSJ is taking a moment to revisit its most read workforce stories of the year.

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Trusts told to offer pensions tax deal to senior clinicians

Trusts have been given the green light to offer a stop-gap “solution” to their senior clinicians which aims to tackle the pensions crisis gripping the health service.

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Norovirus closes 1,100 hospital beds as flu arrives early

Hospitals in England have been forced to close more than 1,100 hospital beds over the last week because of norovirus — almost double the number than during the same period last year.

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Trust drops controversial subsidiary plans after new CEO joins

A teaching trust has scrapped controversial plans to set up a subsidiary company — a move which campaigners hailed as “extremely good news” for NHS staff.

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Short-term pension tax ‘solution’ confirmed by NHS England

A temporary “solution” to the pensions tax impact on the health service has been confirmed by NHS England and signed off by government.