The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has responded to the announcement today by the Department of Health that it is to open a new consultation on proposals to address issues with the NHS pensions scheme which is causing consultants to reduce their working hours or seek retirement.
College President Professor Jackie Taylor said:
“Given the current workforce crisis facing all parts of the NHS, it’s vital that we address the issue of NHS pensions if we’re to retain our most experienced NHS staff. We welcome this change of heart by the government, because we know from our own conversations with members that the current system is driving many consultants to reduce their working hours or seek early retirement. We’ll be studying the new proposals in detail when they are published, but we welcome the fact that the government have acknowledged the scale of this problem.
“If they can find a solution to this issue the Government will begin to demonstrate that it values its experienced staff.”