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Doctors slam 'disappointing' pay award

BMA warns recession will put more pressure on frontline staff

OnMedica Staff

Wednesday, 01 April 2009

Doctor leaders have slammed the 2009 pay award, suggesting it will lower morale.

Responding to the publication of the 2009 Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration report, Dr Hamish Meldrum, the BMA’s Chairman of Council said: “Doctors will be disappointed at this award. They will feel that the DDRB appears to have capitulated to government pressure. Whilst we appreciate that tough decisions have to be taken during this period of economic difficulty, holding back on doctors’ pay is not the answer.”

He added: “Rather than penalising the staff who are essential to the care of patients, the government should be looking at other ways of cutting back on its spending. NHS funding has been frittered away on countless re-organisations, needless advice from management consultancy firms, and in England, market-driven reforms that pit hospitals and GPs against each other and allow commercial providers to make profits from the NHS.”

And he warned that the pay award could leave staff feeling undermined.

“Health services will be under intense pressure as the recession takes its toll on people’s health. NHS frontline staff will be required to work at an even greater pace and intensity and it is vital that their hard work and dedication is recognised. This award does nothing to support that view.”

The Review Body recommended a base increase of 1.5 per cent to the national salary scales for doctors for 2009-10.

This covers junior doctors, staff and associate specialist grade doctors, consultants and other salaried doctors including salaried GPs.

For independent contractor GPs the Review Body recommended that the gross uplift to the GMS contract be 2.29%. The supplement for GP registrars entering training placements on or after 1 April 2009 was reduced to 45%.

London weighting remains at £2,162 per year for doctors non-resident in hospital and £602 for residents.

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