'Added years' won't end with 2015 pension reforms

The scheme that allows GPs to buy additional years for their NHS pension will not be affected by the government's proposed pension changes, the BMA has revealed.

Dr Buckman made a video appeal to GPs urging them to express their views on the government’s final offer for the NHS pension scheme
Dr Buckman made a video appeal to GPs urging them to express their views on the government’s final offer for the NHS pension scheme

The union recently sought legal advice to establish whether the government could close the added years scheme which allowed members of the 1995 NHS pension scheme who were unable to reach 40 years of membership to do so by buying additional years.

The DH also sought legal advice on the scheme. According to the BMA, the DH has now accepted that ‘added years’ contracts should not be varied or stopped as part of the wider NHS pension changes.

BMA pensions committee chairman Dr Alan Robertson said: ‘The DH has taken legal advice and has been told it has to honour these contracts.’

Pension scheme members will be able to continue contributing to the added years scheme until the age of 60. As of 2015, their main contributions will go into the new 2015 scheme.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman recently made a video appeal to GPs, urging them to express their views on the government’s final offer for the NHS pension scheme in the BMA pensions survey.

 

The survey's results will dictate whether BMA Council chooses to ballot members for industrial action.

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