NHS Pension Scheme – Ill Health Retirement

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2003 Health Care Service Group Conference
1 December 2002
Carried as Amended

This conference notes that the NHS Pensions Agency has contracted SEMA to provide medical advice on applications for ill health retirement.

Conference further notes that there has been a widespread and systematic shift away from approving ill health retirement applications with cases which would have formally been accepted, being turned down on medical grounds.

SEMA has rapidly increased the use of “Deferred decisions” often for 6 months or more.

The consequences for members suffering long-term ill health are increased in that medical opinion at local level supports termination of employment, whilst the Pensions Agency does not support ill health retirement.

Conference instructs the Service Group Executive to raise the matter with the Department of Health and the NHS Pensions Agency to ensure fair access to ill health retirement for members who can no longer work in the NHS.