In memory of a Liverpool NHS GP who ended his life this year...
BMA Annual Rep Meeting Harrogate June 22-26, 2014
And so I reflected as I left the BMA ARM 4-day conference told reps could expense first class train/plane travel if travelling over 60 miles, 4-star hotel accommodation up to £127/night and £35 posh dinners (BMA President dinner, BMA chair dinner, ARM party and dinner) paid for by 153,000 BMA members, why the BMA appeared to have lost touch with its grassroots BMA members in my eyes?
Then I read this motion hidden in the shaded area of the agenda, as 'unlikely to be reached' which meant unlikely to be debated.
I asked a 71 year old NHS GP, how much was this NHS pension for older GPs? He replied that the older pension scheme had a cap of £1.8 million and he was allowed to cash out 3x the annual pension, now owns 12 properties (most he leases) and now receives a pension of £71.8k a year from the NHS as his GP pension but that the terms have changed for younger GPs (those aged under 50 in 2012) and the cap is now £1.25 million, younger GPs get less tax relief from pension contributions, and younger GPs have to pay more, will receive out less and have to work until 68-70 to cash.
Could it be that those with vested personal interests, i.e. cashing in on lucrative NHS pension arrangements that are now protected by the government for the next 10 years for GPs or NHS consultants who turned 50 or over in 2012, were reluctant for the BMA to take action against the NHS contract on behalf of the younger generation who did not have it so lucky, ie are paying the price in a recession with a national public deficit of over £1.2 trillion, unable to close practice lists, are now working 11-12 hour days, see minimum practice income guarantees slashed, called to be a 'named' GP for the elderly 24/7, asked to open 7 days a week, see MDO rates rise and now calls for advice may be considered similar to a claim and may affect premiums and are burning out and contemplating suicide?