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Victory as GPs keep retirement at 60

Dr Tim Southwood has discovered the anomaly in the NHS pension scheme that plagues all NHS dental practitioners (Letters,

24 September).

It is only recently I realised that the dynamising factors used in calculating an NHS pension for dental practitioners differed from those used to calculate an NHS pension for general medical practitioners. I have now had the opportunity to carry out some calculations from these figures.

It transpires that from 1970, when I entered NHS dental practice, the contributions I have made over the years would, if those same contributions had been made by a medical practitioner, have produced a pension over 12 per cent higher than the pension I shall actually get. There is no actuarial reason why this should be the case. It seems to me to be unjust.

The money I have paid into the NHS pension scheme is giving me an inferior return in relation to medical practitioners' contributions.

In view of the rarity value

of NHS dental practitioners, I feel the Department of

Health should have treated us better.

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