NHS pensions vulnerable in transfer to private sector
The Government has been criticised for failing to properly protect the pensions of NHS employees who are transferred to the private sector.
Dr Andrew Dearden, chair of the BMA pensions committee, said Government guidance released last week did not go far enough in ensuring GPs and other staff affected would have their terms and conditions maintained.
The guidance stated that organisations would have to offer transferred employees occupational pension provisions that were 'broadly comparable' to that offered by their public sector employer.
This requirement goes beyond the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations issued in 2006, which require new employers to replicate NHS redundancy and severance terms, offering compensation when this is not possible.
But Dr Dearden said this was insufficient. 'If someone's doing work that six months before was NHS work for which they would have had NHS provision, NHS provision should be extended to them.'