LMCs warn of wave of retirements over pension changes

LMC leaders have warned that DoH pension cuts could force many GPs to retire early, but ruled out industrial action to protect pensions.

Delegates at the 2011 LMCs conference voted against a motion to direct ‘the GPC to resist by all possible means, including the option of industrial action and resignation, any further attempt to renegotiate the GP pension scheme’.

Speaking against the motion, Dr Andrew Green from Yorkshire LMC said: ‘Doctors do not strike for their own self interest.’

But the conference voted in favour of an earlier motion, pointing out that 'the current NHS pension scheme was renegotiated in 2008 and is in surplus and furthermore insists that the government honour in full all the accrued rights of current NHS pension scheme members’.

The motion supported ‘the GPC and BMA pensions department in its campaign to mitigate the adverse impact of changes’ and warned ‘that any loss of contractually agreed existing benefits will lead to a rush to retirement of senior GPs’.

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