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What the BMA is doing about NHS pension changes

Calling for fair contributions

We have submitted a response to the Government's draft regulations on the NHS Pension Scheme for April 2014.

As members expect, we completely oppose any further increases for our members, who already pay the highest contributions in the public sector.

Read the BMA's submission to the 2014 consultation

Previously, we used a consultation on changes to the scheme in England and Wales to call for a fairer approach to contributions. More than 3,155 BMA members submitted individual responses. Despite this fantastic response, the Government failed to acknowledge our arguments about the unfairness of steep contributions tiering.

Contributions therefore increased again for many doctors on 1 April 2013.

However, the Health Secretary indicated that there is potential for a fairer contribution structure post-2015, when the new career average revalued earnings (CARE) scheme is due to be in place.

Read the BMA's submission to the 2013 consultation

Read the Government's response to the consultation

Read the Health Secretary's letter on contributions post-2015


Taking part in talks

We have been meeting other unions, the Department of Health and NHS Employers to discuss the contributions structure in the NHS scheme after 2015.