Pension problems resolved for now according to GPC

The GPC is quietly confident that pensions issues have been resolved sufficiently to allow changes to the GMS contract to be implemented from April.

Although the DoH has yet to confirm it will not seek changes to the 2003 arrangements, GPC negotiator Dr Andrew Dearden believes the problems have been 'sorted as things stand'.

The DoH met with the GPC last week to discuss pensions because it was concerned about 'affordability and the potential impact on negotiations with other NHS unions', according to GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum.

The dynamising factor for 2003/4 should be confirmed in the next few weeks.

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