Doctors are not the only ones who need NHS pensions help, says UNISON

Changes must go further for the sake of all workers

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​Responding to the announcement of an overhaul in pension rules, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “These changes are just fixes to resolve unworkable parts of George Osborne’s taxation regime.

“Introducing measures to help only a small proportion of the millions of active NHS scheme members looks alarmingly like the beginning of a ‘clinicians-first’ approach to pension strategy.

“At the other end of the pay scale, thousands of low-paid staff leave the scheme because they struggle to afford the payments. The government should also be paying similar attention to this problem and introducing flexibility to give staff on far lower earnings a more comfortable retirement.”

Notes to editors
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.

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