Responding to new figures from the BMA showing a rise in hospital consultants planning to leave the NHS well before retirement age, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:
“The health service is in the throes of a severe workforce shortage, and any suggestion that skilled senior clinicians are planning to reduce or end their NHS commitments is highly concerning.
“It is therefore imperative that the NHS is able to support hospital consultants to remain in work. The investment in the Long Term Plan has to reduce the pressure on our front line teams, but we also must do more to support the better balancing of demanding work and life priorities.
“In relation to the impact of government pensions tax policy, the new ‘schemepays’ approach will help, but we need greater flexibility in the pension scheme so that staff can manage their pension growth to reflect and support their own needs and priorities.”
- Following lobbying by NHS Employers, NHS Pensions has recently extended the scheme pays options to all staff, including those subject to the lower, tapered annual allowance.
- We believe there are further improvements to be made to the pension scheme to provide greater flexibility for supporting retention as well as the management of much tighter, economy-wide tax allowances. We look forward to working with the government and our trade union colleagues to deliver these improvements.
- We have also produced various pension taxation materials to support employers’ conversations with staff. For more on flexible retirement, click here.