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NHS told to bend tax rules to keep doctors on wards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An NHS plan to cover doctors’ extra pension bills to stave off a winter crisis violates civil service rules against tax avoidance, the government has acknowledged.

 

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has formally overruled civil service objections and told the NHS to press ahead with the scheme anyway, citing “the importance that this government attaches to the NHS and to its performance over winter”.

 

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