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Excess seniority pay

Q: If I am working as a one-third profit share part-time partner, is my eligibility for seniority payments 100 or 40%? If I am eligible for 40% based on my work and profit share and the PCT has been paying me for 100%, must I tell it about the overpayment?

Q: Your seniority pay is restricted if your NHS-pensionable earnings are less than two-thirds of the GP average. The estimated average for 2011/12 is £93,972, so if your pensionable earnings are below £62,648, you will only be entitled to 60% of your seniority pay. If they are below £31,324, you are not entitled to seniority income.

Each year the practice completes an estimate of pensionable profits for each partner, and primary care organisations use this information to determine the level of seniority pay.

If you are being paid at 100% when it should be 60%, your PCT is likely to claw back this money. If this is the situation, your practice should set money aside to make good on the overpayment.

Jenny Stone

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