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  • Look-ahead to ARM 2019

    As we hurtle towards ARM 2019 which makes a return to Belfast next week, we’ve compiled a handy a list of the Northern Ireland motions that feature throughout the lengthy conference agenda. Pensions – Monday 4.30pm to 5.05pm In light of the ongoing pensions taxation crisis affecting senior secondary care doctors across the UK, the ‘Pensions’ section of the ARM agenda will be one of the most...
  • Update on Single, lead employer

    Last year, the Department of Health Northern Ireland announced plans to bring in a single, lead employer (SLE) for junior doctors working here. The plans were aimed at 'simplifying employment arrangements for junior doctors and increasing efficiency in the health and social care service'. This duplication can then lead to subsequent difficulties for juniors in payroll, maternity/paternity leave arrangements...
  • NISASC's strong showing at the 2019 UK SAS Conference

    Local SAS doctors were represented by a strong delegation from the Northern Ireland Staff and associate specialist committee (NISASC) at this year’s UK SAS Conference in London. The Northern Ireland section of the agenda had three motions debated at the conference, two of which were passed and one that has been passed to ARM for debate as it timed out. The first motion was proposed by NISASC deputy chair Siobhan...
  • A new strategy for consultants in Northern Ireland

    • 29 May 2019
    Being chair of a BMA committee is both a privilege and a challenge. When I took over the chair of the Northern Ireland consultants committee in 2014 – the first woman to ever hold the post – I am not sure if I totally knew what I was letting myself in for! However, over the past five years I have worked hard in my role and have tried to steer the committee through a range of issues – pay, CEAs, transformation...
  • ‘Pension tax will affect all consultants in the near future’

    • 23 May 2019
    No one likes to think too far into the future and many of us have a ‘head in the sand’ approach to financial planning – particularly around pensions. It can seem too complicated, too dependent on a range of variables and so far into the future that it’s easier to sign up for the pension at the start of your career, keep paying into it for your working life and hope for the best at the other end...