27 / 9 / 2013 Midnight
Freezing national pay rates for doctors would help reform national terms and conditions to enable services to be developed while protecting jobs, according to NHS Employers.
National pay rates for doctors should be frozen next year. This would help reform national terms and conditions to enable services to be developed while protecting jobs, according to the NHS Employers organisation in its evidence submitted today to the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body.
The report added that negotiations on doctors’ pay and contracts must focus on changing the way doctors work, to enable better evening and weekend care.
Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:
"Doctors work incredibly hard and many would argue they deserve an increase, but one per cent more pay for doctors would cost around £100 million, which is equivalent to the salaries of well over 2,000 registrars working in hospitals. A pay increase at this time is not the best use of NHS funding when money is so tight and services are so stretched. The average wage of many individual doctors will keep climbing because of their inbuilt system of pay progression.
"Our evidence to the DDRB comes at a crucial time as we start negotiations with the British Medical Association on the terms and conditions of consultants and doctors in training. It’s a decade since we last had this opportunity and the NHS has changed hugely, with increased emphasis on the quality of care following the review into Mid Staffordshire hospitals and increasing evidence on the importance of seven day care.
"We now have over 26,000 more doctors than in 2003. Earlier this year, nurses, support staff, cleaners and other healthcare professionals agreed changes changing their sick pay and linking pay progression to performance. This is now an opportunity for doctors to show how they can change and make services equally good seven days a week.
"I hope doctors will welcome the opportunity and endorse our suggestion of using pay review body recommendations to facilitate more seven day working and to put the patient at the heart of healthcare, rather than just adding more to the NHS pay rates. This has to be the right approach at a time when we are negotiating terms and conditions"
Average pay for NHS doctors in 2012 (including basic pay plus additions such as overtime) was £109,651 for a consultant, £53,365 for a registrar and £36,655 for other trainee doctors, while average NHS manager pay is £47,702.
NHS Employers submitted evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (which covers nurses, administrators and other staff on the Agenda for Change framework) earlier this week and today submitted this separate evidence to the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body. Both argue against a further pay rise for 2014/15.
This submission to the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body only covers doctors employed in the NHS, so it does not include contractor GPs.