Responding to a survey from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM)1, which shows nearly 90 per cent of emergency medicine consultants warning that pension rules will impact on rota gaps at senior levels in the coming months, Dr Simon Walsh, BMA consultants committee emergency care lead, said:
“This survey once again lays bare the disastrous impact these absurd pension regulations are having on the NHS workforce and on the care of many thousands of patients.
“The BMA has led the campaign against these damaging rules, and we are glad that our colleagues in the Royal College are joining our calls to scrap the tapered annual allowance, so that doctors are not penalised for taking on additional work that is so crucial for safe patient care.
“The NHS now has year-round pressures, but with the winter months fast approaching, these punitive pension rules risk plunging the entire system into an even deeper crisis at a time when services are already stretched to their limits.”
Notes to editors
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1. Read the HSJ report on the survey here or contact the RCEM for more information.