BMA Northern Ireland has urged the Minister of Health to make a timely decision on agreeing and implementing a pay uplift for doctors who have worked tirelessly at the coalface of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It comes as doctors in England, Scotland and Wales were today awarded 2.8% pay uplift by their governments for the 2020/21 financial year.1
BMA’s Northern Ireland Council chair Dr Tom Black said: “The last four months of the COVID-19 pandemic will have been one of the most stressful periods of doctors' working lives and yet they responded to it with commitment, hard work and innovation, willingly working long, unsociable hours away from their loved ones and putting their own wellbeing and lives at risk in the process.
“There have been significant delays to the pay award in Northern Ireland in recent years which has impacted morale and contributed to lack of pay parity, particularly during the months of delay, between doctors pay in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. The 2019-20 pay award for HSC-employed doctors in Northern Ireland is due to be paid this month, around a year later than the rest of the UK.
“Doctors and other frontline health service workers will be called on again to work above and beyond for our health service during what will be the busiest winter period it might see yet. The very least the Department of Health can do is to recognise these efforts by implementing the 2020/21 pay uplift in a timely fashion.”
Notes to editors
The BMA is a trade union 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. Each year the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration Body (DDRB) is supposed to consider salaries for doctors and dentists working in the NHS across the UK and recommend to the Westminster and devolved governments fair pay levels for doctors. In making those recommendations, the DDRB also takes evidence from the BMA.