NHS Employers calls for a freeze on doctors national pay rates


26 / 9 / 2013 11.44am

The evidence argues that freezing pay rates will help reform national terms and conditions to enable services to be developed while protecting jobs.

It also says 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"

Download a full copy of the submission or read a summary from our annual pay review pages.

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