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Removing pensions benefits is criminally stupid

Editor’s blog

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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

Readers' comments (3)

  • As a neg team we were faced with this with Shipmanin 2001. Such was the negative publicity had we resisted it we let HMG change the rules. I always believed that its was the wrong PROCESS with the right intentions.wrong. No private pension provider could decline your pension if convicted so nor should the government. The proper course of action would be AFTER conviction to make a financial order against the convicted. Stopping thier spouse or family is pure vindictiveness agains t innocent who happened to fall in love with or ne [arented by the wrong person

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  • Jaimie, come on, do you really have to wonder? Its either 1. incompetence, 2. deliberate. Either way, you wouldn't trust them with a virus, would you? Stop voting for more government...

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  • What worries me is a breakdown in the social contract. Once the government brings in unjust rules people take things into their own hands to achieve a sense of justice. I think what has happened with NHS pensions- dramatic increase in costs, increase in clawback taxes and now this has pushed it to the edge.

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