18 / 11 / 2013 Midnight
Today (18 November) the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body was asked by employers to refrain from increasing pay next year and to encourage doctors to make progress towards seven-day care.
The oral hearing took place between the Review Body and employers today. Gill Bellord, director of employment relations and reward for the NHS Employers organisation, told the DDRB:
“Patients must be at the centre of everything the NHS does, including pay reviews. We are again urging the DDRB to not recommend any pay rise for hospital doctors and instead support changes to contracts to achieve better seven-day care.
“Our contract negotiations with the BMA are happening right now and this is the opportunity for consultants to start agreeing greater presence during evenings and weekends. We hope the DDRB will tell doctors that change needs to be embraced in negotiations, especially removing contractual obstacles to improving care.”