The continuing dispute over pensions that has seen doctors stop working overtime is “making a bad situation worse”, hospital bosses are warning.

Some have been refusing to work extra hours because they were being landed with bills after changes to how much could be accrued in pensions tax free.

A short-term fix, proposed in November by NHS bosses in England, will see the NHS pick up the tax bills.

But NHS Providers said it did not seem to be having a major impact so far.

Saffron Cordery, of NHS Providers, which represents NHS trusts, said the issue was still “making a bad situation worse” and adding to the “stress” on waiting times.

Last week, official figures showed performance against accident-and-emergency, cancer and routine operation waiting times had sunk to its

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