BMA allays GP retirement age fears

Reports that the DoH intends to raise GPs' retirement age to 65 are misleading, according to the BMA.

Dr Andrew Dearden: BMA's pension committee and the DoH are waiting on the findings of Lord Hutton's public sector pensions review
Dr Andrew Dearden: BMA's pension committee and the DoH are waiting on the findings of Lord Hutton's public sector pensions review

Dr Andrew Dearden, chairman of the BMA’s pensions committee, said there had been no recent discussions with the DoH and both parties are awaiting the findings of Lord Hutton’s review of public sector pensions.

‘We have not begun any discussions at all. Back in 2003 the government wanted to move to the age of 65, that is public knowledge.

‘We then had the NHS Pensions Review [in 2008] which agreed to stay at 60 and move to 65 for new entrants.’

Lord Hutton’s interim report on public sector pensions has recommended increasing contributions but did not mention raising GPs’ retirement age to 65, said Dr Dearden.

‘The Hutton report has made some interim recommendations but they are interim; we don’t know what its recommendations are and what the DoH will do.’

‘The NHS pensions scheme is one of the few in positive balance, doctors have paid a lot into the scheme in recent years.’

DoH spokesman said GPs can choose to stay on the old pension scheme, where the retirement age remains 65.

The treasury recently announced that £1.2 to £1.3bn needed to be raised by the NHS to fund pensions.

A DoH spokesman said the NHS was ‘ahead of the game’ because of changes to the plan in 2008.

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