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BMA briefing: NHS pay

The BMA has briefed MPs ahead of an Opposition Day debate on NHS Pay.

 

Key points

  • Staff morale across the health service has been worsened by year on year real-term cuts to pay through the government's public sector pay cap which is unfair, unacceptable and should be liftedStaff morale across the health service has been worsened by year on year real-term cuts to pay through the government's public sector pay cap which is unfair, unacceptable and should be lifted.
  • In real terms, doctors pay has significantly declined in the past five years, with junior doctors seeing their income drop by 17%, consultants 14%, and GPs 13%. This has contributed to staff shortages which subsequently impact on patient care.
  • The NHS is struggling to attract and retain doctors: a recent BMA survey has found1 that two-thirds of hospital doctors and almost half of GPs report vacancies in their departments and practices.
  • The government must remove the NHS pay cap in order to retain and attract staff, resolve workforce shortages and ensure safe patient care.
  • The independence of pay review bodies must be restored and the Government should not dictate the scope of their recommendations.
  • Investing in the NHS workforce and providing fair terms and conditions must be a priority for the government to ensure that the NHS will be able to attract and retain the frontline staff needed to deliver safe, high-quality patient care.

 

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