All four nations are proposing to extend the policy until October 2022.
Temporary pension abatement rules allowing retired NHS staff to return to work and help on the frontline could be extended under new Government proposals.
The temporary rules allowed retired NHS workers to help with the UK’s pandemic response, bolstering the workforce without suspending their pension benefits or being financially penalised.
Omicron means that the NHS response to the coronavirus pandemic has lasted longer than was initially anticipated.
Following ongoing issues with nurse staffing, the Department of Health and Social Care has now launched a consultation on the proposed extension after the temporary measures were due to expire next month.
All four nations propose extending the policy until at least October 2022.
Contribution of retired nursing staff.
Royal College of Nursing (RCN) General Secretary and Chief Executive, Pat Cullen, said: “This is genuine progress and, for affected members, it makes an important difference.
“We have been calling for the extension to the suspension for months, raising it with ministers privately and publicly. We are grateful that the government has made the right announcement today.
“The extension is absolutely vital in recognising the important contribution retired nursing staff have made since March 2020 and continue to make.
“Many stepped forward to sustain our health and care services in these times and they deserve not to have their pensions penalised for doing so.”
A spokesperson for the DHSC declined to give any further detail on an extension.