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PCTs warned over GPs' seniority pay

Primary care trusts have been advised not to approach the NHS Pensions Agency over GPs' seniority pay because it could seriously underestimate their length of service.

In guidance which stated seniority payments must be made by the end of December, the Department of Health said basing seniority on the pension agency's records could lead to smaller payouts to GPs.

For example, three years part-time service in a hospital post would equate to three years' reckonable service for seniority, but only 18 months for superannuation purposes.

The guidance reported the agency had been inundated with requests from trusts but would not be answering any.

GPs were advised to send their PCT details of their relevant NHS service, including dates. Trusts should then authenticate these themselves.

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