DoH accepts High Court ruling on pensions

Recently retired GPs are set to receive a substantial boost in their pensions, after the government accepted last month's High Court ruling.

The court ruled that then-health secretary Patricia Hewitt overstepped her legal powers in 2006 when she retrospectively capped the 'dynamising factor' used to bring pensions up to present-day values.

The DoH had until today to lodge an appeal against the ruling. 

But the GPC says they have been told by the DoH that it will accept the court's findings.

Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC chair, said he was ‘very pleased that those pensioners who had money taken from their pension illegally will now get it back'. 

It is likely to be several months before the full effect is known, as the dynamisation factor for 2005/6 has to be calculated from practice profits.

But analysts expect GPs who retired since 2006 to receive pension increases of several thousand pounds a year.

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