Barclay sets out plans to amend NHS pension rules

Health secretary Steve Barclay has set out plans to amend NHS pension rules in order to retain more experienced NHS clinicians and remove barriers to staff returning from retirement.

The changes to pension rules will apply to all NHS staff, including senior doctors and are intended to support staff to remain in work for longer and boost the NHS workforce.

The changes include introducing flexibilities to allow retired and partially retired staff to return to work or increase their working hours without having payments to their pension reduced or suspended, meaning staff can claim a portion or all of their pension benefits but continue working and contributing to their pension.

Health and Social Secretary, Steve Barclay, said: "The generous NHS Pension Scheme is one of the best in the country, but it’s not working as it should for everyone.

"We need a system where our most experienced clinicians don’t feel they have to reduce their workload or take early retirement because of financial worries. I also want to make it easier for staff that want to return to work to support the NHS to be able to do so without penalties.

"These proposed changes will help open up extra appointments so patients can see their GP and consultants more quickly. With record numbers of doctors and nurses working in the NHS alongside record funding, I’m focused on giving people the security of knowing the NHS will be there for them when they need it."

A consultation on the changes has been launched and will be open for eight weeks. Any changes are likely to be implemented in Spring 2023.


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