The NHS Next Stage Review said that nurses would be able to transfer from the NHS to social enterprise schemes without losing pension rights (NT News, 1 July, p3).
But the Department of Health has indicated that this would not necessarily be so for staff joining Kingston PCT after it has become an enterprise scheme.
A DH spokesperson said: ‘Any staff currently employed who are in the NHS scheme can continue. In terms of new staff, that is a matter between the social enterprise and new staff.’
This raises the possibility of a two-tier workforce with different sets of pension rights.