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.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Pregnant women and under-18s will not be offered COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant women and under-18s will not be offered COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant women, children and under-18s will not be recommended for routine COVID-19...

GP training: How an audit e-portfolio log entry is assessed

GP training: How an audit e-portfolio log entry is assessed

The second of two articles on audit during GP training looks at how the quality improvement...

GP training: Writing up an audit for your e-portfolio

GP training: Writing up an audit for your e-portfolio

In the first of two articles on how to write up an audit, a typical e-portfolio entry...

UK ups order of 95% effective COVID-19 vaccine by 2m doses

UK ups order of 95% effective COVID-19 vaccine by 2m doses

The UK has increased its order of the 95% effective Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to 7m...

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

GPonline provides an overview of the key guidance relating to coronavirus, including...

Which COVID-19 vaccines are lined up for roll-out on the NHS?

Which COVID-19 vaccines are lined up for roll-out on the NHS?

As GPs and their teams prepare for delivering a COVID-19 vaccination programme that...