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GP pension cuts 'legally dubious'

Government attempts to claw back money from GPs' pensions could be against the law, the head of the BMA's Pensions Committee has said.

Dr Andrew Dearden said ministers' demands to reduce the 40 per cent-plus pensions rises over the past three years looked 'legally dubious'.

He said: 'Many people have made retirement decisions based on that contract which was signed by government.

'I will talk about anything but it doesn't mean anything will change. If the situation was reversed I suspect they would hold us to the agreement,' he added.

The Government is believed to want to limit the level of dynamisation ­ the mechanism that uplifts GPs' pensions in line with average earnings increases.

Dr Dearden said the BMA had not received an official submission from the Government detailing its precise demands and had only had preliminary discussions so far.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, GPC chair, said the committee had been 'examining every possible avenue trying to cover all options so we are well prepared'.

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