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UK News NHS pension tax trap: leading health bodies call for solution 'as soon as possible'

07:05  24 february  2020
07:05  24 february  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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a person standing in a room: Royal College of GPs and BMA among 11 signatories in letter to Chancellor asking for a long-term solution in the next Budget © Provided by The i Royal College of GPs and BMA among 11 signatories in letter to Chancellor asking for a long-term solution in the next Budget

Some of the UK’s most prominent health bodies, including the Royal College of GPs and the British Medical Association, have written to the Chancellor urging him to use the imminent Budget to provide a long-term solution to the NHS pension taxation crisis.

Rishi Sunak must provide a result that enables all doctors and allied health professionals to do the extra work that patients desperately need without the fear of incurring unexpected pension tax bills, the letter states.

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The eleven signatories, which, together represent tens of thousands of hospital doctors and GPs, are clear that the medical profession is facing an intolerable dilemma: incur a disproportionate and ever-expanding pensions tax bill or cut short their service to the NHS, reducing hours or turning down vital additional work.

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Under rules brought in by then Chancellor George Osborne in 2016, senior doctors have been hit with large tax bills running into tens of thousands of pounds.

The change introduced a tapered annual allowance for those earning more than £110,000, which reduces the tax relief amount they can pay into their pensions each year to £10,000. Anything above this attracts a tax charge - and could result in doctors effectively working extra shifts for nothing or very little extra pay.

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The BMA The Royal College of Surgeons Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh The Royal College of Physicians The Royal College of Pathologists The Royal College of General Practitioners The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health The Royal College of Radiologists The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow UK Faculty of Public Health.

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Last year Health Secretary Matt Hancock was forced to agree emergency measures to pay senior doctors more money to offset the costs of the tax bills. However, the new measure will only last until the end of the current financial year and not apply to non-clinical senior managers.

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However, Mr Hammond said he was discussing a solution to the pensions issue with Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. He said he expected Mr Hancock to make an announcement " as soon as possible ". The BMA said it was pleased that ministers appeared to be

In their letter, the health professionals call for a reform of pension taxation policies "as soon as possible".

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They write: “We are encouraged that the Government has committed to announcing a resolution to this issue in the Budget, but it must be the right one; one which will safeguard the NHS workforce for the long term.

“We are past the point when significant action should have been taken. The NHS is amid a workforce crisis, with rising waiting times for cancer and routine surgery. A&E performance it at its worst since records began and 11 million patients are experiencing unacceptable waiting times for GP appointments.”

The BMA estimates that over 30 per cent of consultants have received an annual allowance tax charge over the last two years. Many consultants have received bills of well over £50,000 and there are even cases of bills in excess of a doctor's annual salary.

The Conservatives pledged to find a solution to the problem in their election manifesto. However, if any change to the system which will only affect doctors will be deemed unfair on private sector workers.

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