GPs in Scotland must reject pension changes, GP leaders urge

GPs across Scotland must reject proposals to overhaul public sector pensions in their response to a consultation on the changes, GP leaders have urged.

Under the proposals, which mirror those already under consultation in England and Wales, a doctor currently paying contributions of 8.5% of their salary would pay 10.9% from 2012.   

BMA Scotland said doctors should respond the Scottish Public Pension Agency’s consultation on the plans.  

Martin Woodrow, national secretary of BMA Scotland, said doctors must send a strong message to the Scottish government and the Treasury that the proposals are ‘unacceptable’.

He said: ‘I am pleased that Scottish doctors will finally have a chance to give their views on the Treasury’s plans to raise money through the NHS pension scheme, effectively taxing public sector workers.

‘The BMA opposes these proposals and we urge doctors working in the NHS in Scotland to make their views heard by taking part in this consultation.’

 

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