BMA to challenge female pension cuts

The British Medical Association (BMA) is preparing a legal challenge to overturn rules that cut the value of female GPs’ pension contributions.

Under the rules, if a female GP dies before her husband, he would receive a pension based only on contributions made after 1988 - any payments made before that time would be worthless.

But if a male GP leaves a widow, her pension would be calculated from all contributions.

BMA pensions committee chairman Dr Andrew Dearden told the BMA's 2007 annual representatives meeting that a case was being readied.

He told the conference: 'I am happy to report that we have taken the first step towards a legal challenge to this inequitable problem.'

Speaking after the event, he told GP newspaper: 'For the last 19 years we have been looking at a legal challenge, and two cases have now set a legal precedent so that we can do it.'

The BMA is understood to have identified potential test cases, but would not give details.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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