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Re: At the High Court yesterday.
The law's a mad thing.
For my interest, what scheme will locums not contribute to? surely not the whole pension scheme.
Bizarrely, I was a hospital doctor for 32 years and had no idea that there was death-in-service payout. I did wonder why my wife kept nudging me at the top of the stairs like.
It might not be just locums - on occasions there were periods of a couple of weeks between one junior post finishing and the next beginning when I wasn't officially employed.
Anyway good luck and here's hoping for the right decision.
The appeal went as expected in many ways. The issues are very complicated and appear to turn on some badly-drafted regulations. At one point, in answer to a question from the judge, the NHS’s barrister appeared to suggest that death-in-service benefits can be awarded to a locum GP only if she dies during a consultation, i.e. if she drops dead in front of a patient. If she is engaged for a morning session and an afternoon session at a surgery but then dies during her lunch hour she isn’t covered.
If we win the NHS will certainly appeal. The implications are massive. If we lose and the NHS win they will still have a MAJOR problem in persuading locums to continue to contribute to the scheme.
The justice reserved judgement, which should be handed down in a couple of weeks’ time. Although it was a tricky day emotionally for me and Helen’s mother, it was very interesting to watch these barristers at work.