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​NHS apologises as payments delayed due to rising retiree numbers


I previously took 24 hour retirement end of April 2015, retired from my practice end of July 2015, but have continued to work as a locum. In spite of submitting my AW8 form in good time my lump sum was paid late, and to make matters worse was paid into an account with a bank where I did not have an account. Fortunately the sum of money was not accepted by the bank concerned. In spite of complaining I never managed to get to the bottom of what had caused this error to occur. It was however clear that there was a great deal of room for error since my pension application required to fill in an AW8 form in paper format, the contents of which (including bank details) were then entered manually by one of the officers at the local PCSS Contractor Payments office, before the details were then passed on to NHS Fleetwood and subsequently to Equiniti in Crawley who eventually make arrangements for the lump sum and pension to be paid. So my advice is to apply in very good time and also keep on the case; ie phone NHS Pensions as often as is needed. PS I also agree with Dr Swinyard that the majority of GPs should add their details to these posts, DON'T HIND BEHIND ANONYMITY, unless of cause you have something to say which might in some way prejudice your position in the practice where you are working, which would probably be a great shame if the doctor concerned doesn't feel he/ she can speak openly. The same applies when I read my local paper where the longest letters often end with "name and address provided".

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16 May 2016

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