NHS pension changes
In April 2013 the Public Service Pensions Act came into force bringing major changes to public sector pensions, including the NHS Pension Scheme.
For NHS staff it means an increase to the Normal Pension Age, higher contributions and an end to the current final salary scheme.
In December 2013 the Government launched a consultation on amendments to increase member contribution rates yet again. Although technically a consultation, previously even the most vehement opposition did not halt the increases.
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What the BMA is doing now
Calling for fair contributions
We have submitted a response to the Government's draft regulations on the NHS Pension Scheme for April 2014. As members expect, we completely oppose any further increases for our members, who already pay the highest contributions in the public sector.
Read the BMA's submission to the 2014 consultation
Previously, we used a consultation on changes to the scheme in England and Wales to call for a fairer approach to contributions. More than 3,155 BMA members submitted individual responses. Despite this fantastic response, the Government failed to acknowledge our arguments about the unfairness of steep contributions tiering.
Contributions therefore increased again for many doctors on 1 April 2013.
However, the Health Secretary indicated that there is potential for a fairer contribution structure post-2015, when the new career average revalued earnings (CARE) scheme is due to be in place.
Read the BMA's submission to the 2013 consultation
Read the Government's response to the consultation
Read the Health Secretary's letter on contributions post-2015
Taking part in talks
We have been meeting other unions, the Department of Health and NHS Employers to discuss the contributions structure in the NHS scheme after 2015.