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Has pensions parity been forgotten?

Have I missed something? Is there a deathly silence on that most important pension issue ­ the accrual factor? Was is not agreed some time ago that this should increase from 1.4 per cent to 1.6 per cent? Effectively this would increase the GP pension by 14 per cent.

At present, most GP pensions are approximately half to two-thirds the size of those of our consultant colleagues. If an increased accrual rate is not agreed, I hope all GPs over the age of 40 vote No in the new contract ballot.

This may be our last opportunity to rectify our grossly inferior pension status. So put your money where your mouth is: no accrual uplift, no new contract. Resignation is a better option.

Dr Catherine Halliday

Belfast

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