Bank of England’s pay comments will ‘leave a bitter taste in the mouth’, says BMA

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: England
Last reviewed: 4 February 2022
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Responding to comments from the Governor of the Bank of England around inflation and pay increases, Dr Vishal Sharma, BMA consultants committee chair, said:

“After the two years that we have just experienced, these comments will leave a bitter taste in the mouth for healthcare workers.

“During the pandemic doctors and all healthcare workers have given their all, battling this deadly virus on the frontline, putting their own lives at risk to help others – but the suggestion now is that it would be out of line to ask for a pay increase that reflects these extraordinary efforts and the spiralling cost of living. After years of take-home pay falling for doctors, ironically as a result of the financial crisis of 2008, to be told to accept another real-terms pay cut is completely unpalatable. We expect the Government will roundly reject this wholly unacceptable suggestion.”

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