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,
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.