As with its submission to the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB), the BMA aims to make a robust and evidence-based case for a pay uplift, highlighting the difficulty at present in recruiting and retaining doctors in the armed forces.
BMA evidence for 2014/15 pay review
In January 2015, the BMA submitted evidence to the AFPRB (Armed Forces Pay Review Body) about medical officers pay and terms and conditions.
The evidence focused on the decline in real pay since 2006, continuing workforce shortages, changes to pensions, and worsening motivation and morale as shown by the recent CAS (Continuous Attitude Survey).
The key arguments in our submission highlight that:
- the BMA attaches considerable importance to the integrity and independence of pay review bodies both for doctors in the NHS and their counterparts in the armed forces. Review Bodies must be able to make independent recommendations, free from political pressure.
- real terms pay for DMS GPs and consultants has fallen 7.6 and 6.9 per cent, respectively, against the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure of inflation since 2006.
- the BMA consider armed forces doctors deserve at least an award above inflation to counteract the historical decline in real terms pay, although we have not indicated a specific figure by way of a pay increase.
- it is essential that the MOD develops robust policies and procedures to ensure that future retention bonuses can be put in place when they are required and that there is ongoing analysis of the required value of the bonus in order for it to be effective.
- part time working arrangements have now been excluded from the NEM (New Employment Model) due to the need for regulatory changes to the Armed Forces Act and flexible working arrangements are still in a ‘concept' stage. The DMS should work with the BMA to develop proposals to ensure recruitment and retention of highly skilled medical officers.
- AFPRB should commission an independent review of the feasibility of the medical reserve proposals as a matter of urgency. The BMA is willing to assist with this work.
Download the BMA evidence (Jan 2015)
AFPRB recommendations for 2016/17 pay review
The AFPRB completed their review and made the following recommendations to the UK governments.
Download the AFPRB recommendations (Apr 2016)
Who is the AFPRB and what do they do?
The Armed Forces' Pay Review Body (AFPRB) is independent and makes recommendations on the remuneration and charges for members of the UK Armed Forces.
Find out more about the AFPRB