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    The NHS pension scheme is complicated. Add to this the difficulty of updating records and the inability to see our own pension records. This all equates to a lot of unnecessary stress. The first thing I would say is that the NHS pension is, overall, a worthwhile scheme. It has additional benefits including ill-health retirement and life assurance. NHS England has provided assurance that all records will be corrected...
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