Removing pensions benefits is criminally stupid
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Pulse’s news today that the health secretary is to be given the right to remove pensions benefits from GPs accused of a crime has understandably been met with widespread disagreement.
It has to be pointed out that we are talking about the worst of crimes here – such as murder and treason. You will not miss out on pensions benefits for a speeding ticket. This new power is very unlikely to be used and, if it is, I don’t imagine there will be too much uproar about it considering the severity of the crime.
With all that in mind, I can’t help but feel this is a criminally stupid act by the Government. At a time when GPs are concerned around their pensions, I cannot understand why they would try to push such a policy through.
Practices worried they are going to be hit with massive bills due to errors in Capita’s reporting of employer contributions; GPs reaching their annual pensions allowance, meaning it is not financially viable for them to take on shifts; locums not knowing how much they will have to contribute to their pensions.
With pensions in such a mess right now, does the Government really need to bring in such a pointless piece of legislation?
Jaimie Kaffash is editor of Pulse. Follow him on Twitter @jkaffash or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org