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  • SGPC update – pensions and earning latest

    • 17 Jul 2019
    Heading into the summer, and with another successful ARM in Belfast now behind us, this seems a good time to update you on the work SGPC has ongoing. To start with, I have promised to keep you up to date on the BMA’s call for a solution to problems caused by punitive and unexpected pension tax bills that I know are causing many members serious concerns. The last time I blogged was to urge you to fill out the...
  • Pensions: let’s remove the excuse of ‘plausible deniability’ from politicians’ minds…

    • 17 Jul 2019
    I hope most of you have found time to start using the new BMA Goldstone Pensions Modeller . My previous blog highlighted the information you need to include to generate accurate predictions from it. This is a powerful tool in our hands to help each of us understand the implications of decisions we make concerning how many programmed activities we work, and whether any additional non-pensionable (including private) income...
  • New Post-Nightshift Rest and Fixed Leave Benefits for Junior Doctors in Scotland

    • 15 Jul 2019
    Recently, we at BMA Scotland were delighted to update you on new rota rules in Scotland that meant from August the majority of Junior Doctors in Scotland would be given 46 hours post-nights rest following any full shift overnight. There were still some questions around how this would work for Junior Doctors working in the more remote and rural parts of Scotland’s NHS. We wanted to make sure this wasn’t getting...
  • SAS contract negotiations

    It has been over a decade since the SAS contract came into effect on 1 April 2008. Since then, much has changed in our profession. As our counterparts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland gear up to negotiate the terms and conditions of a new contract, I would like to inform you all that Scotland will not be part of these contract negotiations. The changing nature of our health service, and the differences in how...
  • Junior Doctors: Our Priorities

    • 18 Jun 2019
    Although it doesn’t directly affect us, I’m sure many of you will have been paying attention to the Junior Doctor Contract negotiations in England over the past couple of weeks – after all, who knows where our careers might take us? After the UK government imposed a contract that English Junior Doctors had voted down in 2016, mandatory negotiations were put in place to give Junior Doctors in England...