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There are a number of misconceptions that a couple of the above posters seem to have. The government say that 'we are all in it together' and yet doctors pension contributions are rising to up to 14.5% - this is far in excess of other NHS professionals, and if you consider that civil servants are fed up that their contributions are rising from 2% to 3%. So doctors seem to be more 'in it' than everyone else. Also consider that the NHS pension scheme is already BILLIONS in surplus - this rise in contributions isn't going into the scheme, but rather straight to the Treasury. So in actual fact it's income tax. <br/>Comments about our professionalism are ignorant - there is no strike, but rather a ballot on whether to withdraw all the things we do in our free time. My peers at school and university earn 4-5 times as much as me...the payback was always the pension scheme. We have no problem with paying more than others, but targeting doctors when bankers are STILL getting multi million pound bonuses is an insult.
The pension IS good in the NHS, and this is perhaps one of the only incentives attracting fresh talent to this vital service. Without this talent the NHS will not last long at all thanks to a huge proportion of its workforce approaching retirement! But it is not money for nothing. It is part of a reward package that makes up for what public sector workers DO NOT get that some private sector workers take for granted: huge cash bonuses, company cars, profit share schemes, free lunches, office parties with free flowing beer... need I go on?
This is a subject very close to my heart and I also have worked for the NHS, I think the people of this country forget about all the hard work, endless hours Doctors and Nurses do for the people of this country and they<br/>deserve more than the bankers more than private<br/>enterprise because they save our lives when we are not well and in need they deserve their pensions, what ever the cost.
Having been employed in the NHS This is typical of the BMA and medics, the government/any party cannot afford these pension schemes, the Tax payer can not afford them. They don't care, only lookout for them selfs. Panic the public about the service, if the changes come in it will not effect the current employed Doctors or the excellent quality of the NHS service to patients<br/>Even then the scheme will be best in uk, better than private section
I was under the assumption that Dr's were professionals? I come from one of the other 'main' professions & industrial action never comes into question. The deal they get from the NHS pension post change is exceptional! They need to get real & understand that the country is in a mess. If interest rates moved upwards the UK economy could mimic Spain/Italy rapidly.