The leader of the emergency medicine profession has issued a fresh warning about its doctors cutting their hours due to new pension tax rules as demand surges through winter.
Hundreds of junior doctors are being pursued by NHS trusts for unpaid pension contributions linked to their backdated pay award, HSJ has learned.
Trusts will be allowed to determine whether they will pay or keep the contributions they would be required to pay into doctors’ pension funds if their clinicians opt for one of the government’s proposed pension tax workarounds.
Senior doctors and nurses will be allowed to set their own level of pension contributions each tax year under government proposals to tackle the pensions crisis gripping the health service.
Trusts have been advised to consider offering doctors time off in lieu to help them avoid pensions tax in new guidance from NHS Employers.
A group of NHS trusts had explored letting doctors set up their own companies as a workaround for consultants who have cut their additional hours to avoid being hit with “punitive” tax bills, HSJ has learned.
The Nottingham Treatment Centre may face a shortage of medical staff as a result of some doctors’ concerns that its takeover by the NHS could have negative tax and pension implications for them.
The government has been accused by senior NHS figures of treating managers unfairly after confirming pension changes would not apply to them.
Consultants at a major teaching trust were offered time off in lieu to stop them refusing extra work because of the ongoing NHS pensions crisis, HSJ has learned.
The government is proposing allowing senior doctors to set their own pension contributions alongside a review of how tax rules are impacting clinicians, in a bid to prevent doctors refusing extra NHS work.
Hundreds of staff at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust have started a two-week strike over the trust’s plans to set up a subsidiary company.
The NHS pensions crisis is forcing trusts to outsource elective work at a “significantly higher cost” and rely on expensive locums to cover vacancies, a doctors’ union has warned.
A number of staff who are being transferred to Health Education England went on strike this week, following “extremely tough” negotiations between trade unions and the arm’s-length body.
Consultants are set to receive a 2.5 per cent backdated pay rise amid “serious concerns” for workforce morale.
The lack of a “fair” and “just” process for dealing with senior managers who have failed in their role has left them facing “trial by HSJ”, NHS Improvement chair Dido Harding told the NHS Confederation conference.
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.