Responding to the Department of Health’s update on the outstanding 2019/20 medical and dental pay award, BMA’s Northern Ireland council chair, Dr Tom Black, said: “Although any movement on this pay award is welcome, it is regrettable it has taken so long for the Department of Health to confirm that it will be happening. It’s also concerning that a payment date has still not been set.”
Dr Anne Carson, deputy chair of BMA’s Northern Ireland council, said: “Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospital doctors of all levels were already working above and beyond to provide patient care in a health service subject to years of poor workforce planning and underinvestment.
“Now when they have willingly taken on the challenge of COVID-19 alongside their fellow frontline health service workers, they are still not being properly remunerated for the vital work they do. Further delays to this pay award will not help the morale of our doctors at such a key time. We urge the health minister to progress this award as a matter of urgency.”
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