The government’s impending consultation on a fix for the NHS pension crisis will not extend to managers because there is not enough evidence they are leaving because of tax rules, the Department of Health and Social Care has said.
The government is to consult on changes to the NHS pension scheme rules to stop senior doctors being hit with large tax bills.
Consultants have been advised by the British Medical Association that they could obtain a significantly higher pension by cutting their hours.
The public sector pensions policy is acting as a “disincentive” for senior clinicians to take on additional work, a health minister said in a Parliamentary debate today.
The interim workforce implementation plan will not answer key questions until after the spending review, its national executive lead has told HSJ.
The proportion employers will be expected to contribute to the NHS Pension Scheme will rise next month, the government has revealed.
Nine of the most senior directors in the NHS opted out of the NHS pension scheme in 2017-18, HSJ has learned.
High earners leaving the NHS pension scheme because of changes to tax allowances could affect its “ongoing sustainability”, NHS Employers has warned.
Any reduction in relief on pension contributions for higher rate taxpayers would be “significant and damaging for senior NHS staff”, the chief executive of Managers in Partnership has warned.
A quarter of a million NHS workers opted out of the pension scheme over the past three years, with experts blaming a “punitive” government tax regime and the current cost of living, HSJ can reveal.
The Treasury says the increased costs of NHS pension contributions will be met with additional government funding, and dismissed claims to the contrary made by the Labour party.
An NHS England report has found “significant issues” with the accuracy of GP pension records, HSJ has learned.
Fifteen NHS trusts have been selected by the Department of Health and Social Care to receive funding for pilot projects to enable flexible working.
Clinical excellence awards made by NHS trusts will no longer be pensionable and limited to between one and three years as part of a deal agreed between NHS Employers and the British Medical Association.
Critics of trusts creating wholly owned subsidiary companies are being “inaccurate and misleading” in their arguments against the trend, NHS Providers has said.
The organisation that runs the NHS pension is “actively considering” extending a facility designed to ease the tax burden on high earners, amid reports of staff being hit with bills worth many thousands of pounds a year.
High earning NHS employees including medical consultants and senior managers are choosing to leave the NHS because of government caps on the amount of tax relief that can be applied to pension schemes, the Department of Health and Social Care has admitted.
The government has launched a consultation to make it easier for independent providers and organisations involved in new care model and accountable care contracts to have access to the NHS pension scheme.
NHS trusts are to be asked for help in tracking down unmarried former partners of deceased NHS staff who were wrongly denied pension benefits, HSJ has learned.
NHS trusts must not approve bids by staff to retire and then return to work unless there is a business need and it provides value for money, new official guidance says.