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GP pensions 'will not be uprated' for 2006-8, BMA claims

By Steve Nowottny

Health Secretary Alan Johnson has decided not to uprate GP pensions to take account of any rise in incomes between 2006 and 2008, the BMA claimed this week.

BMA leaders and Department of Health officials are currently meeting to calculate dynamising factors, following the BMA's High Court victory in March which overturned the Government's cap on GP pensions.

In a letter to GPs, GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman said: ‘Under the judgment, the Secretary of State is free to re-determine the calculation of dynamising factors for the two years 2006/2008.'

‘It is understood that the Secretary of State intends to replace the previous determination made for 2006/7 and 2007/8, which will be likely to result in a dynamising factor for both years of 1.'

The joint Technical Steering Committee is continuing work to calculate the dynamising factor for 2004-6, but Dr Buckman warned final payments could take ‘some time.'

Dr Andrew Dearden, chair of the BMA pensions committee, told Pulse last month he hopes rebates will be paid to the estimated 2,500 GPs owed money by December.

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