1% pay rise is a ‘disgrace’ as inflation means a real cut to salaries of frontline staff, warns BMA

Press release from the BMA

Location: UK
Published: Wednesday 19 May 2021

Responding to data from ONS showing that annual UK inflation rate more than doubled in April Dr David Wrigley, BMA council deputy chair, said:
“Inflation stands at one and a half percent - more than double the level it was in March. At the time the Government recommended a 1% pay award for healthcare workers they claimed this was an increase, but today’s figures are further evidence the Government’s proposal represents a real cut to salaries of frontline care in the midst of a pandemic.
“The Government recommendation was out of touch before these figures were published and, even more so, now is the time for ministers to go back to the drawing board and recommend a pay rise that, as the BMA is calling for, results in Fairness for the Frontline.1 Otherwise we risk losing the workforce we so desperately need to tackle the NHS’ record-breaking backlog which will be devastating for patients who are already experiencing long delays, often waiting for treatment in pain. It’s a disgrace to the nation, if, having tackled COVID-19, healthcare workers now see their pay drop, having already suffered many years of real terms pay cuts.”


Notes to editors

The BMA is a trade union and professional association representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.
1. The BMA’s 'Fairness for the Frontline' campaign is asking for a 5% pay uplift which it hopes will stop the projected exodus of talented consultants from the NHS.