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NHS pension change ‘levels playing field’

NHS staff who have been transferred to private operators that provide NHS services, will now be able to retain their access to the NHS pension scheme, the Health Investor reports.


The publication reports that the move follows an announcement by chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander in July 2012 that public sector workers outsourced to the private sector would be allowed to retain their public sector pension scheme.

The changes are expected to level the playing field for private sector contractors in competition with NHS providers as previously private healthcare firms had to provide a comparable pension scheme for staff transferring from the NHS.

The policy applies to all NHS transfers to the private sector going forward and it is not clear if this will apply to staff who have already been outsourced.