Welsh LMCs told GPs will have to work until 68 due to pension reforms

Most GPs will have to work until they are 68 because of rising pension contributions, according to the GPC Wales chairman.

Dr Bailey: 'We still have our jobs and we still have our pensions.’
Dr Bailey: 'We still have our jobs and we still have our pensions.’

Dr David Bailey painted a bleak picture for GPs in Wales at the first national LMCs conference of the year on Saturday in Newport.

He said: ‘What did 2011 bring? The government's sustained attack on the NHS Pension Scheme. Most doctors will have to work until they are 68.

'Wales has had a 1% rise of doctors. Enhanced services investment has remained at 7%, behind investment in England.’

The conference unanimously passed a motion which ‘deplored the changes to the NHS Pension Scheme that are to be made by the UK governments which require most GPs to work longer, pay higher contributions and receive a smaller pension.’

But when GPC negotiator Peter Holden was asked if there was any good news, he told the conference:  ‘We have not had a pay cut, we have had a pay freeze.

‘There is a time when you need to count your blessings. We still have our jobs and we still have our pensions.’

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