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Doctors welcome pay review decision

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BAILEY: 'Doctors will be pleased'

Doctors in Wales will get a 2 per cent pay increase after the Welsh Government implemented the full recommendations of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration.

BMA Cymru Wales said the increase demonstrates the Welsh Government values its doctors.

The pay deal, which is being backdated to April this year, will see:

  • A 2 per cent base increase for salaried doctors, salaried GPs, and independent contactor GPs
  • An additional 2 per cent for independent contractor GPs, salaried GPs and to the GP trainers’ grant and the GP appraisers’ rate
  • An additional 1.5 per cent for staff, associate specialist and specialty doctors.

BMA Welsh council chair David Bailey said: ‘While the DDRB's recommendations could have gone further to address many years of below inflation rises, doctors in Wales will be pleased that the Welsh Government has decided to implement the recommendations made by the independent panel.

‘At a time when the NHS is facing severe staff shortages across the UK, and doctors are having to manage unprecedented levels of demand, this announcement and the decision to backdate the pay award to April 2018, shows that the Welsh Government understands the value of doctors who are working tirelessly to improve and maintain the health of the people of Wales.

‘By following a different path to that taken in England the cabinet secretary has again shown that concrete steps are being taken to ensure Wales is an attractive place for doctors to work and will go some way towards addressing the recruitment and retention challenges we are facing.’

Welsh health secretary Vaughan Gething said: ‘This deal goes beyond what was agreed for doctors and dentists over the border and is yet another reason why Wales is a great place to train, work and live.

‘Following years of austerity, imposed by the UK Government, we have committed additional funding to fulfill the DDRB recommendations. The reality remains, however, that our budgets are limited and so meeting a pay deal resulting from the lifting of the UK Government’s pay cap without appropriate funding to follow presents a risk to the future funding of NHS Wales.

‘I am also very happy that BMA Cymru Wales has agreed to work in partnership with the Welsh Government and NHS Employers to deliver the ambitions set out in [the Parliamentary Review report] A Healthier Wales, around the long-term sustainability of the workforce, and delivery of the Primary Care Model for Wales.

‘Together with our recent agreement on a pay rise for the rest of the NHS Wales workforce, this shows we are committed to investing in staff to ensure they can continue to deliver excellent health and social care. Together with recruitment campaigns such as Train, Work, Live – this will help us create a workforce that can deliver our long-term vision for the NHS in Wales.’

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