Responding to the Scottish Government's announcement to introduce a pension REC scheme for NHS Scotland, chair of BMA Scotland’s consultant committee, Dr Alan Robertson, said:
"We are encouraged by the Scottish Government's announcement to devolve powers to health boards to allow for flexibility in pension arrangements, including the ability to offer a pension recycling scheme. BMA Scotland has been calling on such a scheme for many years now - we know the NHS in Scotland is struggling, with many doctors drowning in spiralling workload and every step that can help with retention of senior clinicians must be undertaken.
"Going forward it is vital that all health boards work together alongside staff unions to ensure the scheme is implemented equitably, consistently and in a timely fashion across NHS Scotland.
"Although this is encouraging progress, it does not fix the underlying problem and fundamental reform is still required from the UK Government to fix the immense complexity and unfairness of pension taxation issues. That’s particularly true for GP partners who won’t be able to benefit from today’s move."
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