Responding to the DDRB recommendations on doctors pay, and the UK Government’s announcement on a pay award for NHS staff in England, BMA Cymru Wales Council Chair, Dr David Bailey said:
“The DDRB’s recommendations are deeply disappointing and the UK Government’s response an insult. The recommendations do not address the many years of below inflation rises which doctors have endured, and it seems the body has not taken into account the sacrifices doctors made during the pandemic, the extreme and sustained pressures that doctors continue to bear and the fact doctors are leaving the NHS at an alarming rate.
“The pay cut, which the UK Government has inflicted on doctors in England, comes at a time when many are also being driven out of the NHS due to punitive pension rules – it’s a demoralising day for doctors across the border.
“The problems facing the NHS make it absolutely clear that the safety of patients is underpinned by the availability and wellbeing of staff. Now, more than ever, it is vital that the Welsh Government stands up for staff and uses its autonomy to restore pay for doctors in Wales – recognising them for their efforts and maintaining their goodwill so that they can continue to go above and beyond to meet the burgeoning demand on services.
“At a time when we are facing chronic staff shortages in the NHS, an appropriate pay award would send a clear message that Wales really is a good place to train, work and live, and we look forward to discussing this with the Health Minister over the next few days.”
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