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Royal College of Nursing responds to proposed NHS pension taxation change

Press Release 07/08/2019

Royal College of Nursing responds to proposed NHS pension taxation change

Responding to proposed NHS pension taxation changes, Nicola Lee, RCN National Officer, said:

“Nurses, who make up the largest staff group in NHS organisations, will expect to see the benefits of these reforms applying to them. But more people should see the advantages of these considerable changes than just high earning doctors managing their tax liabilities.

 “We know that the taxation problem affects very senior nurses, but other members have also told us they’ve considered leaving the NHS scheme because they cannot afford payments even though they know this puts them at a disadvantage when they retire. Yet, they feel they have no other choice.

 “The RCN wants these changes to go further. We want full pension flexibility for all NHS staff to make the health service’s pension scheme attractive and affordable to all.”

"We look forward to greater clarity from the Department of Health and Social Care about who exactly, besides hospital consultants, is set to gain and how they can widen these changes so that they help to tackle the worsening workforce crisis among nurses.”


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