In the coming weeks, NHS England will carry out a “complete review” of all GPs’ pensions data, after ‘discrepancies’ were discovered during a recent, more minor check.
Previously, those examining GP pension data spotted significant differences between the figures held for pensionable earnings and the data held for pension contributions when a sample of Capita’s pension schemes was carried out as part of a routine “quality assurance check.”
Further to the check, errors were promptly reported to NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) for further investigation. The BSA then contacted GPs to inform them that NHS England would be carrying out a “complete review” over the course of the coming weeks, in order to eliminate any further discrepancies if such errors still exist.
“NHS England is carrying out a complete review of all data led by an independent pension’s expert who has been jointly appointed with Capita,” a letter sent to individual GPs and seen by Pulse magazine said.
“This review may take some time to complete, so as a matter of urgency we will prioritise the records of any GPs who are nearing retirement age (56 or over), GPs who have recently retired and GPs who have died in service,” it added.
Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP Committee Chair, said: “GPs will understandably be very concerned to learn that they may have been affected by this administration error. While the announcement of a review and the commitment to ensure every GP gets their correct pension payment is welcome, we will continue to press NHS England to urgently assess the nature and scale of the problem and communicate promptly to those impacted.”