The DDRB (Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body) is the independent organisation which every year considers the pay for doctors and dentists holding posts in the NHS on nationally agreed terms. It was set up after the Royal Commission on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration in 1960 in order to protect medical professionals' living standards from "arbitrary government action".
It makes its recommendations directly to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health, and their equivalents in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The health departments, NHSE (NHS Employers) and the BMA (on behalf of the profession) send written evidence to the DDRB each September, followed by oral evidence in October. The DDRB usually reports to the Prime Minister in December each year and the report is made public, with the government's decision, a few weeks later, for implementation on the following 1 April.
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