Friday, 9 December 2011
Announced today over half a million extra staff will not need to pay any extra into their pensions next year. The government response to the consultation on proposed increases to employee contribution rates raises the threshold for freezing pension contributions in 2012/13. It will affect 630,000 staff in the NHS who earn up to £26,557 almost half the members of the NHS Pension Scheme.
This change will protect the lower paid in the NHS. The increase in employee contributions is shared among higher earners where the impact is offset by the benefit of tax relief for higher rate taxpayers.
Proposals for employee pension contributions in 2013/14 and 2014/15 and other changes following the Hutton review will be subject of further discussion with Trades Unions.
NHS Employers and the PSNC have published a document for community pharmacy that provides an overview of the clinical governance changes, confirmation of the approved particulars that are to be released, the transitional arrangements and the implications for pharmacies.
New report says there is a desperate need for government to wake up to implications of health reforms for children
Ministers moved to split the union movement yesterday by announcing that more than half a million NHS workers will not need to pay more into their pensions next year, but those earning more than £26,000 will have to make up the difference. The Independent
Private healthcare could face intense scrutiny over its practices after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) criticised the industry over competition issues and revealed plans to pass its investigation to a higher regulator. The Independent
Advice on returning to work following a period of mental ill-health is available via an online work and mental health resource on the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s website. The information is divided into sections for workers, employers, clinicians, and carers. It addresses issues such as looking for work, disclosing information about mental illness to an employer, and support services or benefits available.