GPs compensated £1.5m for pension errors

11th February 2022 by NASGP

GPs compensated £1.5m for pension errors

GPs have been compensated £1.5m for pension errors made last year, Pulse reports.

‘The payments were approved to compensate GPs for the pension contribution administrative errors, due to incomplete legacy data of GP contributions and issues with service delivery resulting in a backlog of missed or inaccurate pension contract payments,’ the NHS Commissioning Board’s newly-published 2020/21 report stated.

The news may not come as a surprise to NASGP members who are currently wrestling with Type 2 forms.

Last year GP Survival, a cross-profession campaign group, found out in an FOI that NHS England had paid out thousands of pounds to GPs after Primary Care Support England (PCSE) mishandled pensions information .

The NHS Pension Scheme was opened to GP locums in 1997 after NASGP lobbied the BMA for the right for them to do so.

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, NASGP chair, said: “NASGP’s historical locum pension victory is being undermined by poor management of NHS Pensions. After each of us has given 40 years of service to the NHS, it’s only right that we are paid what we are owed.

“The biggest issue that the NHS faces is the welfare and resilience of its workforce, and a properly administered pension scheme that is simple to use and access will go a long way to supporting that.

“If any of our members suspects there might be an error in the handling of their pension, we recommend to first speak to an independent specialist medical financial advisor. Meanwhile, using LocumDeck for your Form As will ensure you have access to all your locum pension records going forwards.”

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