On 24 July the Government announced its pay deal for doctors in Engand and, in doing so, ignored recommendations from the DDRB:
- Junior doctors will receive just 2% increase
- SAS doctors will receive just 3% increase
- Consultants will receive just 1.5% increase, plus 0.5% related to clinical excellence awards
- GPs will receive just 2%, plus potentially a further 1% related to contract negotiations
These increases come into effect in October 2018 (with the exception of the GP increase) and will not be backdated to April 2018.
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Results of DDRB survey
Following the Government announcement on 24 July 2018 on the annual pay review for England, we surveyed our members.
The survey was sent by email on Monday 30 July and closed on Saturday 4 August. The overall response number was 12,717.
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What the BMA thinks
Anthea Mowat, BMA representative body chair, said: "It is truly astonishing that the UK Government has chosen to ignore the already insufficient recommendations of its own independent pay review body and to then compound the misery that this will cause for thousands of our hard-working members and their families by refusing to backdate what will be an inadequate pay uplift.
“Just last week the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care talked about how ‘heart-breaking’ it was to see how ‘under-valued’ NHS staff feel. Considering those words, doctors in England will rightly feel both anger and disappointment that sentiment has not been matched with action.
“While the long overdue recognition of SAS doctors is positive, it is unacceptable that the policy of inflicting a real-terms pay cut on the majority of doctors will continue. Since 2008, doctors have experienced the largest drop in earnings of all professions subject to pay review bodies, with consultants seeing a 19 per cent fall in pay, junior doctors 21 per cent and GPs 20 per cent. The effective pay uplift this year for some doctors will be as little as 0.75%, which will be widely seen as derisory.
“At a time when the NHS faces severe shortages of doctors across all specialties, it beggars belief that the ministers have failed to recognise the contribution declining pay has had on the ability to recruit and retain doctors and the significant damage to morale.
“Today’s announcement, coming at a time when understaffed and under-resourced hospitals and primary care services are having to manage unprecedented levels of patient demand, will only make a bad situation much worse and the BMA will be considering its next steps in response."
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