Government must be clear if NHS pension changes will affect Scotland's doctors

The Scottish government must provide clarity about whether the planned changes to the NHS pension scheme in England will apply to doctors north of the border, BMA Scotland has demanded.

Dr Keighley: 'The NHS scheme is already affordable, yet the government is asking doctors to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds more for a worse deal on retirement'
Dr Keighley: 'The NHS scheme is already affordable, yet the government is asking doctors to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds more for a worse deal on retirement'

BMA Scotland chairman Dr Brian Keighley warned that the proposed changes are ‘simply a tax on public sector workers’ and not about making the NHS pension sustainable in the long term.

It comes as the BMA said the impact of public sector pension changes could mean that doctors pay £200,000 more over the course of their careers and for a much worse deal on retirement.

Dr Keighley said the proposed changes to the NHS pension are ‘unjustifiable’ as the current scheme is ‘financially healthy’.

He said: ‘The NHS scheme is already affordable, yet the government is asking doctors to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds more for a worse deal on retirement.

‘I think that doctors in Scotland deserve to know, from their government, if and how these changes will affect them.’

Dr Alan Robertson, a Scottish junior doctor and member of the BMA’s pensions committee, added that the changes to the NHS pension scheme are ‘significant and imminent’.

He said: ‘Doctors, especially junior doctors, across the UK need to be aware of the scale of the changes. The reforms of the NHS pension scheme mean that doctors could be worse off by hundreds of thousands of pounds, despite working longer and contributing more to the pension scheme.

‘I think that doctors in Scotland deserve to know, from their government, if and how these changes will affect them.’

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