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Promise on pension will come to nothing

Your item 'Pension to cover all NHS work' (News, November 25) is neither an 'early win' nor anything new. This vague promise has been in circulation for well over a year.

What is crucially important, however, is failure of the GPC to make the Department of Health acknowledge the inequity that non-principals who combine assistant and locum work cannot pension the latter element, whereas non-principals who solely do locum work can pension all of their work. This is nothing to do with the current contract negotiations, as non-principals are unaffected by them.

The previous minister promised that being on a supplementary list would be the entry for locums to pension their income ­ a promise uncompromisingly broken and without any justification or explanation.

Those locums who are eligible lose the facility to backdate their contributions after December this year, which leaves just four weeks for our negotiators to deliver on this for the locums who are currently excluded.

Dr Peter Harvey

Aylsham, Norfolk

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