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24 June 2013

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NHS pension age review underway

Concerns the NHS will not be able to provide a high-quality service with an ageing workforce have led to a call for evidence into the impact of raising the pension age.

The new Public Service Pensions Act 2013 means that from 2015 up to 70% of the NHS workforce will have a pension age of 65-68.

The review is gathering information from a number of sources including trade unions, NHS employees and organisations to identify examples of good employment practice.

Gill Bellord, director of employment relations and reward NHS Employers, said: “This is an important piece of work that will help the NHS to meet the needs of the ageing workforce and continue delivering excellent care.

“We need to get the views of as many different groups as possible so please take this opportunity to provide any evidence. It is really important that employment practice enables staff to work successfully and productively at all ages.”

Evidence can be supplied in various formats and will be open for submissions until Thursday 5 September 2013.

Findings from this exercise will then feed into the final report of the Working Longer Review which will make observations and recommendations to NHS Staff Council and the Department of Health.

Gail Adams, staff side chair of the Working Longer review, said: “There is too much which remains unknown about the impact of working longer for the staff and service.

“We need you to help us make the right recommendations – no example too small no impact too big, we want to hear it.”