Capita gets three more years on GP pensions contract

10th June 2022 by NASGP

Capita gets three more years on GP pensions contract

Capita has secured an extension to keep delivering PCSE pensions services until 2025, Pulse reports.

The contract was due to end in 2022 but NHS England has extended it. NHSE did not respond to Pulse’s request for comment.

In February Pulse also reported that GPs had received around £1.5m in pensions compensation following errors.

BMA pensions committee deputy chair Dr Krishan Aggarwal said: “ it is essential that Capita urgently fixes its systems and ensures that accurate timely information is made available to GPs and their practices.”

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, NASGP chair, said: “I haven’t actually seen the evidence, but I’ve been told that the moment this was announced, the earth’s axis wobbled for a few seconds due to the gyroscopic effect of thousands of GPs’ eyeballs rolling in their heads.

“There has been so much distress, disruption and frustration caused by the way the NHS Pension Scheme has been administered over the years, and although there are some good arguments for Capita to have been stripped of its contract, I feel it’s better that we avoid the disruption of handing over to a new contractor. Instead we are in complete agreement with the BMA that Capita must be held to account and must be made to deliver on a far more robust service going forward.

“Since successfully lobbying for pensions for locums in the late 1990s, NASGP has built up an extensive NHS Pension Scheme resource on our website. Thousands of locums also benefit from our paperless NHS pension system within LocumDeck.”

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