BMA accuses Government of “Dereliction of duty” over recommendation of a 1% pay rise for doctors

Press release from the BMA

Location: England
Published: Thursday 4 March 2021

Responding to the Government’s recommendation to the pay review body for a 1% pay rise for doctors, the Chair of Council, Dr Chaand Nagpaul said, “ This is a total dereliction of the Government’s moral duty and obligation to a workforce that is keeping the NHS on its feet and patients alive.

“Throughout the pandemic, doctors have cared for more critically ill patients than was ever thought possible and worked round the clock despite suffering from extreme stress and exhaustion, with BMA surveys showing significant numbers of doctors selflessly working extra hours without pay. This is a time at which the Government should demonstrate that it recognises the contribution of a workforce that has literally kept this country alive for the past 10 months.

“This comes as a kick in the teeth after a decade in which doctors have experienced real terms pay cuts of up to 30% and in the same week as the Chancellor has announced a huge increase in the taxation on their pensions that will leave virtually all doctors worse off.

“The Doctors and Dentists Review Body must demonstrate that it is truly independent of Government and acknowledge the need for a fair pay uplift that makes up for historic pay cuts and pension changes but also recognises the huge efforts made and personal risks doctors have taken during this terrible pandemic."


Notes to editors

1. The Government’s full report “DHSC evidence for the DDRB: pay round 2021 to 2022” can be found here.

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