13 / 1 / 2015 Midday
We have now published our written evidence to both the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) and the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB). Both submissions are based on feedback collected from employers in online surveys and by our negotiating and national engagement teams.
Our evidence to the NHSPRB for Agenda for Change staff calls for wider changes to national pay and conditions, including changes to unsocial hours provisions and the need for negotiations with health trade unions to develop a new employment package that is fair to staff and could support wider services at all hours. Possibilities including paying more hours in the week as ‘plain time’, adjusting enhanced unsocial hours payments and various flexibilities to enable adequate staffing at all times. We believe that these changes would return greater efficiency to the NHS and support future growth of services, for example by enabling expensive diagnostic equipment and facilities to be used more consistently around the clock.
In the submission to the DDRB, we make it clear that while the hospital doctors’ contracts have served the NHS for years, they are increasingly unhelpful, especially the veto that lets consultants name their price for working during evenings and weekends. We have suggested a number of changes to the consultant contract to better support the planning and delivery of services while being fair to doctors and proposed a new junior doctors' national contract which would fairly reward doctors in training and support better care.
Find out more
You can read a summary and download full versions of our evidence to both the NHSPRB and the DDRB.
You can now also read our NHSPRB evidence media release and DDRB evidence media release.
The review bodies are expected to report in the summer and we will keep you informed of developments through our latest news pages and the NHS Workforce Bulletin.