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  • A not so vocal response from the chancellor

    • 23 May 2019
    Following my recent blog – A 'perfect storm' for doctors , outlining details of the growing pension taxation crisis facing senior doctors across the NHS and armed forces – I want to offer an update on some of the activity we and the wider BMA have been doing to keep this firmly on the Government’s radar. Please also see our recent slide presentations to keep you informed about annual allowance...
  • Investing in the essential recharge that all doctors need

    The announcement of £10 million from the Department of Health to be spent improving facilities for junior doctors in hospitals is welcome. It reflects the increasing understanding that looking after our staff is absolutely essential if we are to continue to deliver safe, effective and efficient patient care in the face of increasing resource challenges. As demands on our healthcare teams rises, our immediate response...
  • A 'perfect storm' for doctors

    • 9 May 2019
    Many of our members across the UK are raising serious issues with the current Annual Allowance and Lifetime Allowance taxation rules. Today’s release of new slide sets for consultants in England outlining in detail the complexities of the NHS pensions schemes will provide them with the guidance they need to understand what these rules mean for them. The separate changes to pensions taxation and the NHS pension...
  • 'Winter' is here

    ‘I’m not sure I can do this anymore.’ Those are the first words I hear from the senior nurse I’m running the Emergency Department with today. Shortly after that she bursts into tears. She won’t be the only staff member who cries in conversation with me today. I offer the usual platitudes and reassure her we can but my words feel empty. We have arrived to take handover from the night shift...
  • Pensions update: are you working for FREE?

    Pensions are in the news – both the threats to reduce annual allowance in the upcoming Budget, and the increasing number of employees in the public sector being hit with large tax charges above their PAYE. I was aware of the major changes to the pension scheme in 2015 that hit doctors particularly hard. I understood the injustice of paying more for every pound of pension than the majority of other NHS staff due...