Responding to the Welsh Government’s announcement of a pay award for doctors in Wales today, BMA Cymru Wales Chair Dr David Bailey said:
“Whilst the DDRBs recommendations could have gone further to address many years of below inflation rises, the fact that the Welsh Government has met the DDRB’s general pay uplift recommendation of 2.5% for all doctors demonstrates recognition of their huge contribution to frontline care.
“However, by failing to listen to the DDRB’s call for an additional 1% for SAS doctors and uplifts for consultant commitment awards and the national clinical excellence awards, the Welsh Government are giving a message that there is still some way to go to fully value doctors – or the challenging working conditions they face.
“At a time when the NHS is facing severe staff shortages across the UK, and doctors are having to manage unprecedented levels of demand, coupled with the current unfair and punitive pensions tax rules imposed by the UK Government, this announcement won't make major inroads into improving the morale of the profession as a whole.”
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