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GPs urged to fight pension hikes

16 January 2013

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In a letter to the profession, the British Medical Association (BMA) said pension contribution hikes are “unfair”.

GPs have been urged to press the government for a “fairer” deal, as they face paying 13% of their salary into the NHS pension scheme, up from 10.9% last year.

BMA council chair Mark Porter said: “We know doctors still feel let down by the NHS pension changes.

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“This is their opportunity to help demonstrate to the government that it remains an issue that matters, and one where a fairer deal can and should be achieved.”

The BMA has urged GPs to take part in a consultation on the increased contribution rates.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt asked the BMA to make a recommendation on how pension contributions should be tiered.

The consultation ends on 12 February 2013.

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