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Some good news to welcome you to the Sessional GPs forum

Some good news for locum GPs this week, as the NHS Pensions Authority released new guidance which states that the income GP locums in England and Wales earn by conducting appraisals can now count towards their pensions. In other pensions news, all practice income of salaried GPs will now also be pensionable, including overtime.

This follows lobbying of NHS England by the BMA’s GPC sessional GPs subcommittee. You can read the full story here.

I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you to the new Sessional GPs forum on BMA Communities – a dedicated space for you to discuss the issues that matter to you.

I’m interested in how a forum like this might be beneficial to you and what you might like to use it for? Are there particular issues at the moment that you want to talk about?

You might like to take a look at My working life, a forum that we set up for juniors and consultants to discuss the ongoing contract negotiations to see how BMA Communities has developed there.

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  • Thanks for this Forum . I think its a good idea as communication and sharing views/ issues  is a problem for Locum GPs .

    Pensions and the inequity in Death in Service benefits is still on the agenda for us . It would seem that the the partner death in service benefits was agreed when GPs and 24 hr responsibility for patients . They no longer do but if they die at home after  days work( ie non contracted hours )  they still still are paid full benefits . If a locum dies at home outside their contracted hours they don't get the full benefit . How can this be fair ? Surely it can be legally challenged  by the BMA? Of course the non-locum GPs wont be keen to fight this battle as they may have their current death benefits when out of hours removed from their contract!  

  • In reply to Elizabeth Robinson:

    Thanks Elizabeth - I hope you'll find the forum a useful way of accessing support and sharing information from your peers and from the BMA. I've passed on your comments and I should have some more information on this soon.

    Has anyone else got any experiences to share?