§ Mr. Stan Thorne
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what payments are made to general practitioners on retirement at age 65 years in the form of a lump sum gratuity and pension, assuming they have (a) 40 years, (b) 30 years and (c) 20 years service within the National Health Service.
§ Dr. Vaughan
Superannuation benefits of general practitioners are not based on service and final pay but on total pensionable earnings throughout their career, uprated to current values. The annual pension payable is 1–4 per cent. of the practitioner's total uprated pensionable earnings. The lump sum payable to female and single male practitioners is three times the annual pension. For married male practitioners and married women practitioners who have nominated their incapacitated and dependent husbands for a widower's pension, the lump sum is calculated as followsat the same as the annual pension on uprated earnings up to 24 March 1972;at the rate of three times a year's pension on the uprated earnings from 25 March 1972, and for any periods before 25 March 1972 for which a bigger lump sum has been purchased.