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BMA looks to mount challenge over capping of GPs' pensions

13 December 2006

The British Medical Association (BMA) is seeking legal advice on mounting a challenge to last week's decision by health minister Lord Warner to cap GPs' pensions.

GPs' contracts were reviewed in 2004 to guarantee a greater link between earnings and retirement income, but the Department of Health claims that a recent surge in GPs' salaries means the payment of pensions is no longer sustainable.

Chairman of BMA's GPs committee Hamish Meldrum said: "The Government's decision is a betrayal of good faith and is depriving doctors of a pension they have a legal right to receive. Most GPs are self-employed and pay both the employers' and employees' contributions into the National Health Service (NHS) pension scheme. To say they cannot have the pension they earned is a denial of their contractual rights."

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