Pensions

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Top A&E doctor: Pensions tax puts safety at risk over winter

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.

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Junior doctors pursued for pension costs after backdated pay rise

Hundreds of junior doctors are being pursued by NHS trusts for unpaid pension contributions linked to their backdated pay award, HSJ has learned.

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Trusts can keep clinicians’ unused pension contributions

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.

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Ministers to outline pensions crisis plans

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.

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Trusts advised to consider time off in lieu amid pensions tax crisis

Trusts have been advised to consider offering doctors time off in lieu to help them avoid pensions tax in new guidance from NHS Employers.

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Trusts could pay consultants through companies to avoid pension tax

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.

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NHS takeover of treatment centre sparks tax and pension fears among medical staff

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.

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Trust CEO says pension proposals make him feel like ‘second-class NHS citizen’

The government has been accused by senior NHS figures of treating managers unfairly after confirming pension changes would not apply to them.

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Pensions crisis forces trust to give doctors time off in lieu

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.

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Managers still excluded from NHS pensions proposals despite rethink

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.

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Staff strike over trust’s subsidiary company plan

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.

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Pensions crisis leading to outsourcing to Australia, warns union

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.

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Future HEE staff strike following ‘extremely tough’ negotiations

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.

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Consultants get pay rise amid ‘serious concerns’ for morale

Consultants are set to receive a 2.5 per cent backdated pay rise amid “serious concerns” for workforce morale.

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Dido Harding: Senior managers face ‘trial by HSJ’

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.

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Managers excluded from government's pension crisis fix

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.

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Government announces plan to tackle NHS pension crisis

The government is to consult on changes to the NHS pension scheme rules to stop senior doctors being hit with large tax bills.

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BMA: Cut your workload for a higher pension

Consultants have been advised by the British Medical Association that they could obtain a significantly higher pension by cutting their hours.

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Government admits pensions policy a ‘disincentive’ to take on extra work

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.

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NHS workforce decisions on hold until autumn

The interim workforce implementation plan will not answer key questions until after the spending review, its national executive lead has told HSJ.