NHS cannot afford to lose more senior doctors, NHS Providers says

NHS Providers has responded to the BMA’s latest survey on the impact of the pensions issue

The British Medical Association (BMA) has surveyed over 6,000 on the topic of the ongoing pensions issue.

The results found that 40% of hospital consultants plan to reduce their working hours in order to avoid huge tax bills.

Additionally, 42% of GPs have already reduced their hours for the same reason.

Responding to this news, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:

“These figures show the government needs to act to resolve the pensions issue.

“The NHS can not afford thousands more senior doctors or GPs feeling forced into reducing their working hours – or stopping altogether – to avoid significant tax bills.

“Many senior staff including clinicians and senior leaders are considering this option.

“This is now an immediate problem for the NHS raising concerns about how trusts can manage patient safety if they cannot cover staff rotas.

QMany trusts are telling us that they are expecting to delay surgery, increase waiting times to see a consultant or are struggling with A&E performance because of these rota gaps.

“While we welcome the pensions consultation opened by the government, we need to see more options on the table as part of that process and a swift and meaningful resolution.”

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