BMA rejects Hutton's view on public sector pension reforms

The BMA has 'rejected' Lord Hutton's recommendation that public sector pensions be calculated using an average salary rather than final salary.

Dr Dearden: rejects the idea that final salary schemes are unfair
Dr Dearden: rejects the idea that final salary schemes are unfair

Lord Hutton has published his interim report on public sector pensions, after deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said many of the schemes were unfair and unsustainable.

In his report, Lord Hutton called for an end to final-salary pensions and said employees should contribute more to their pensions.

Dr Andrew Dearden, chairman of the BMA's pensions committee, said he 'welcomed Mr Hutton's rejection of the myth of gold-plated public pension schemes.' 

But he said the BMA 'rejects the idea that final salary schemes are unfair.'

'Along with other NHS staff, the vast majority of doctors pay into the NHS scheme for their whole working lives. Doctors are highly skilled professionals and it is essential that the reward package - which includes pensions - continues to support recruitment and retention,' he said.

NHS Employer's director for core services Gill Bellord said Lord Hutton's report was 'well-balanced' and effective.

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