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Family of GP locum who died on 'day off' denied death-in-service benefits


Extremely sad and appalling situation. The ethos of the NHS as a family looking after its own is long gone. It seems the bma is not aware of this pensions anomaly Richard. Below is an extract from the bma website locums and pensions. It implies that if sessions are scheduled ahead then there is entitlement to death benefits even if death occurs on a "day off". Am I eligible for death in service benefits? If you work exclusively as a GP locum, you will only be covered for death in service benefits if you die whilst contributing to the scheme. If, for example, you are scheduled to locum for a practice for four weeks and were to die on a Sunday during those four weeks your spouse, nominated person or estate would receive a payment of twice your average dynamised earnings. If, for example, you are scheduled to locum for a practice for five days from Monday to Friday of one week and you were to die on the Friday evening, after your scheduled work had ended, no death in service payment would be payable. Even where death in service is not payable, the NHS pension scheme provides for another type of cover.

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16 Jun 2015

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