A consultation on the NHS Pension Scheme Review for Scotland starts today, which will result in a fundamental change to doctors’ terms and conditions of employment, according to the British Medical Association (BMA).
The Government proposes to increase the age at which a pension can be taken without being reduced, from 60 years to 65 years. The BMA said it had opposed this since the proposal was first announced in 2003.
The BMA said there were also fears that consultants’ final salary pension schemes could be changed to career average earnings schemes, as has been proposed for health service staff in England and Wales.
Historically, the NHS Pension Scheme had mirrored that of England and Wales to reflect the wider UK Government pensions policy. Any distinctive Scottish issues will, however, be considered in this review.
The consultation period will last for three months until 25 April.
Doctors will be able to e-mail their comments on the proposals to the BMA at firstname.lastname@example.org