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Rather than a normal blog, below are a few brief notes from the meeting I had on 15 December 2016 with NHS England, regarding Capita (PCSE) and the sessional GPs pension issues.
In this format it may be easier for you to see the issues that were raised, and how we are progressing with them.
1. Clarity on where to find the correct information
NHS England has now updated the PCSE website, which has a GP locum section. This webpage includes where to send your forms.
2. Clarity on how to send future pension contributions
There is much confusion among sessionals on whether to continue to pay via cheques or BACS. The message is very unclear.
The message received from NHSE is that GPs can use either at present. When sending funds by BACS, ensure that the BACS payment is somehow identifiable to you. I would suggest using your NHS Pensions SD number as your BACS payment reference.
3. Confirmation payments that have been made where cheques have not been cashed will be honoured and back dated correctly
NHSE are helping PCSE to go through unallocated monies and trying to match them to Locum A and B forms. They say this will be completed by 31 March 2017.
For those that have paid by cheques and the cheques have expired, the cheques will be returned to the issuing bank. The GP will then need to resubmit (via cheque or BACS). NHSE have assured us these payments will be honoured and back dated correctly.
4. Currently there is no mechanism of receipt of:
a. Locum A and B forms and payment
b. SOLO forms
c. Type 2 annual self-assessment form.
I have raised my enormous concerns regarding this, and I will continue to do so. NHSE will come back to us in January with an answer.
5. Type 2 annual self-assessment form
a. Many sessionals are unaware of the requirement to complete these forms.
b. What happens to those that have not completed one?
NHSE have advised that members should receive reminder letters to complete these. I have stated that this does not occur and many sessionals are unaware of the requirement. We have been asked to provide a test case of an individual who has not completed these forms to see if an amnesty could be granted.
There is more info here on the NHS Pensions webpage regarding pension requirements for GPs.
6. The ability to complete Locum A and B forms online
I have raised the issue of whether these forms could be completed online to help simplify the process. NHSE will come back to us in January with an answer.
7. If you have any concerns in the meantime, please contact BMA Support on 0300 123 1233 .
I am limited to what information I can provide at present, as some of it is confidential, but overall I felt it was a very productive meeting. NHSE have agreed to have another meeting in January to pick up these issues with a rep from Capita attending, with or without NHS Pensions.
I will update you following the meeting in January.
Krishan Aggarwal is deputy chair of the GPC sessional GPs subcommittee
You can follow him on Twitter @Krishanx
Regarding the BACS reference for pension payments to Capita - by the time the details requested are put into the reference box on the bank website i.e. PCSE-Q**-LOCUM (which I was told was "mandatory") you are only able to input 4 more characters so limiting the options for personalising this with anything other than initials
Who updates pensions agency regarding contributions
Thank you for your comments.
For the two anonymous posts above, with regards to the BACs reference, it has been updated. Please see the part 2
With regards to the contributions it is now Capita who update the record.
Surely this is fraud on a massive scale. Where is our money if it's now not going into our pensions as it rightfully should. I am more than angry at handing over very very hard earnt cash monthly to some obscure entity and never to see it again, and then not have no security for my future. This is criminal!!!!!! My pension is wrong dating back to the very 1st year if my starting in it, I have some years averaged £1700 a year earnings as a junior doctor when it was actually a lot higher. I have no way of rectifying this it seems. 10 years as a dr and no pension!!!!!! I hate this. It is causing so much distress
This is atrocious. Who set out the contract for Capita to perform to? Did is specify these issues? Someone needs a bullet!
Pcse are an absolute nightmare. I have repeatedly sent them my type 2 forms, Everytime I ring them up they gave me a new case number and say that they will escalate it to the manager and that I will be contacted and then nothing gets done and then today I received an email saying that my type 2 forms have not been received . I have been trying to get my form submitted since January 2017!
Absolute waste of time.
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