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RCOG statement in response to Government review of NHS pensions

News 7 August 2019

Today the Department of Health and Social Care has announced it will open a new public consultation proposing full flexibility over the amount senior clinicians put into their pension pots.

Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:

“Today’s announcement to review pension’s contributions is critical if the NHS is to retain highly experienced doctors and nurses. Our members have been caught in an impossible situation where taking on more work has led to hugely disproportionate and unforeseen tax bills. This perverse disincentive has seriously affected the ability of the NHS to deliver the timely care that patients deserve.

“I commend the government for listening and for taking this issue seriously. We must be creative in implementing innovative solutions as soon as possible. Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction. We will continue to work closely with the government to deliver both an interim solution and, in the longer term, much needed reform to tax law so that healthcare professionals are not penalised for working even harder for their patients.”


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About the RCOG
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare in the UK and beyond. It is dedicated to encouraging the study and advancing the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. It does this through postgraduate medical education and training and the publication of clinical guidelines and reports on aspects of the specialty and service provision.