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BMA briefing: Public sector pay cap

The BMA has briefed peers ahead of a House of Lords debate on the cap on public sector 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 lifted.
  • The NHS is struggling to attract and retain doctors: a recent BMA survey has found that two-thirds of hospital doctors and almost half of GPs report vacancies in their departments and practices.
  • 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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