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Over the past few months I have been working on the death in service benefit and we need you!
As you may or may not know, death in service is a benefit of the NHS Pension Scheme available to type 1 (principals) and type 2 GPs. However, it’s not always available to locums.
As locums are an integral part of the workforce, without whom general practice would collapse, I believe it is highly unfair that locums are not always eligible for this benefit.
As such we are trying to challenge this.
What can you do?
We are looking for multiple individuals to be test cases.
We have some test cases but we're looking for more. There is no pattern to locum work and one test case won't cover all locums, so we need a group of test claimants who cover the majority of the working pattern characteristics as they apply to the NHS Pension Scheme Regulations.
We are looking for individuals who are:1. working with a particular practice on a regular basis, eg every Tuesday2. working for up to six months3. engaged directly with the practice (can be via a chambers)4. obviously in the NHS Pension Scheme!
This type of working pattern can often be found where a locum is providing maternity cover.
Whether or not you are contracted to work for a specific period, we would like to hear from you, as your circumstances may be helpful as a test claimant in any event.
We are also looking for anyone who has lost a loved one who worked as a locum, and has been denied the death in service benefit.
What will you need to do?
In the main, you will be answering questions from the BMA pensions and legal team. This may be via video conference, telephone or email. If you are a suitable test case, we will work with you to challenge the current position via the pensions ombudsman.
We cannot offer any remuneration for this, however, if we are successful in challenging the way that death in service is awarded for locums you will probably be famous and I will put a proposal to the BMA council chair to name a room after you in BMA House!
If you would like to be a test claimant, please complete our short questionnaire and we will be in touch.
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Thank you.Krishan Aggarwal is the sessional GPs subcommittee deputy chair. You can follow him on Twitter @Krishanx
Do I have to be a BMA member?
To the Anonymous poster above.
It would help if you were a BMA member.
There is free membership period for the BMA until 30 September 2017