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Could you have to repay your seniority?

September 2009

 

The NHS Information Centre has issued the final figures for the average GP’s pensionable pay for the years 2004/05 and 2005/06.  These figures are higher than the interim estimates that the PCTs were using and this could result in GPs having to pay back some of their seniority.

 

Seniority is not only calculated on the number of years’ reckonable service, but it is also dependent on the amount of pensionable pay.  To receive the maximum seniority, a GP’s pensionable pay must be above two thirds of the average.  If a GP’s pensionable pay is above one third of the national average, but below two thirds, then they would only receive 60% of their seniority entitlement.  If it is below one third, no seniority would be paid.

 

The final averages are as follows:

 

Year

Interim average

£

Final     average

£

Two thirds of final average

£

One third of final average

£

 

 

 

 

 

      2004/05

      75,000

      81,123

      54,082

       27,041

      2005/06

      80,940

      91,123

      60,749

       30,374

 

NHS employers have said that, as a result of the changes, some PCTs may need to recover overpayments from practices.  It is thought that any overpayments will be clawed back directly from practices and if these relate to ex-partners, the practice would need to recover the money from them, which could prove difficult in some cases!

 

This is most likely to affect part time GPs whose income is less than two thirds of the average.

 

Jenny Stone