Doctors in Wales vote to accept pay offers

by BMA Cymru Wales media team

Press release from BMA Cymru Wales.

Location: Wales
Published: Friday 28 June 2024
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The BMA’s consultants, junior doctors and SAS (specialist, associate specialist, and specialty doctors) committees in Wales have all accepted the Welsh Government’s pay offers after members voted in favour of the deals, putting an end to the three separate pay disputes for doctors working in secondary care.

In a referendum, 96% of junior doctors voted to accept a 7.4% additional uplift taking the total to a 12.4% uplift for junior doctors for the 23/24 financial year, which will be back-dated to April 2023.

86% of consultants also voted to accept a revised consultant pay scale which will improve early years pay and increase career average pay to retain the senior workforce.

82% of SAS members voted to accept the offer which will see increases of 6.1-9.2%, as well as an additional uplift for associate specialists – senior doctors who are on closed contracts.

The acceptance of the pay offers following the referendum officially puts an end to the current pay disputes.

The offers are the result of weeks of pay negotiations which began in April this year after sustained pressure from BMA Cymru Wales including three strikes by junior doctors and planned industrial action by senior doctors.

Dr Oba Babs-Osibodu and Dr Peter Fahey co-chairs of the BMA’s Welsh Junior Doctors Committee said:

“This pay deal and the emphatic vote by members to accept it shows how far we have come on our journey to fight for the future of our profession. For too long, junior doctors have been undervalued.

“We chose to stand up and be counted, refusing to accept further cuts to our pay. While we are pleased with the progress we have made, the fight for full pay restoration is far from over”.

Dr Stephen Kelly, chair of BMA Cymru Wales’ Consultants committee said:

“We’re pleased to have been able to reach a fairer settlement for senior doctors in Wales and we hope that this significant offer will help to retain the doctors currently working in Wales as well as attracting more, which will ultimately be beneficial for patients”.

Dr Ali Nazir, chair of BMA Cymru Wales’ SAS doctor committee said:

“For far too long the invaluable contribution of SAS doctors in Wales has been disregarded and so reaching a fairer deal for this experienced part of the workforce is very much welcomed. We will continue to fight for the rights of SAS doctors”.

The BMA’s Welsh GP committee is now calling on the Welsh Government to restore a fairer portion of NHS funding for general practice to save it from collapse, read about the Save Our Surgeries campaign for more information.


Notes to editors

In August last year the BMA’s committees representing all secondary care doctors in Wales voted to enter a trade dispute with the Welsh Government after being offered another below inflation pay uplift of just 5% for the 23/24 financial year.

The BMA is a professional association and 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.

Breakdown of results

Junior Doctors




SAS Doctors