Headlines: October 3rd, 2001

Doctors say that improving the NHS pension would encourage many of them to stay on with the service until retirement.But in a BMA survey they have rejected the proposal of a ‘golden goodbye’ scheme – the offer of a 10,000-pound investment bond if they stay on from the age of 60 to 65.

Seventy per cent of those surveyed felt it would not be sufficient to keep them practising, only 11 per cent were positive.

The Chairman of the BMA Superannuation Committee, Dr Simon Fradd, said the survey information had revealed that a pension improvement could prove a useful incentive at a time when the health service was seriously short of doctors.

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