BMA granted judicial review into NHS pensions

8th July 2022 by NASGP

BMA granted judicial review into NHS pensions

The BMA can undertake a judicial review into the ‘unlawful’ handling of NHS pensions, Pulse reports.

The union will look at the Government’s attempts to make NHS pension scheme members pay for changes made necessary by the McCloud remedy.

In 2015 the Government changed many public sector pension schemes. The BMA, alongside judges and firefighters, forced the Government to concede that the action it had taken instead of applying reforms amounted to age discrimination.

Vishal Sharma, the pensions committee chair, said: “The Government has lost these pension challenges time and time again – precisely because they are trying to defend the indefensible by making others pay for their mistakes. To have been granted permission to now take up a judicial review case to be heard by the High Court is another major achievement, and we look forward to continuing to fight for what our members rightly deserve.”

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, NASGP chair, said: “This is a significant victory for the BMA in their fight for justice for doctors affected by the McCloud remedy, and I really look forward to a positive outcome when the time comes.

“We will make sure that we continue to keep members updated on this story as news comes in, and we hope that the Government will learn not to take the livelihood of doctors for granted any longer.”

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