Responding to the updated NHS pensions consultation from the Department of Health and Social Care, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:
“Change cannot come quickly enough to the pension rules. We have seen senior clinicians cutting their hours, leading to cancelled operations and growing waiting lists.
“Today’s revised consultation offers some hope but we continue to urge the government not just to add more flexibility but to scrap the tapered allowance altogether. The repercussions for patients will only worsen without reform and the most effective way to do that would be to get rid of the taper.
“We need a comprehensive set of reforms that do not penalise hard-working professionals, many of whom have devoted their careers to public service in the NHS. This must include flexibilities for all staff.
“We look forward to the outcome of the Treasury's review of how the annual allowance taper operates.
“In the meantime, we will continue to engage with our members so that we can represent their views in our response to the consultation.”