17 / 02 / 2020
We have now published our 2020/21 evidence to the Doctors' and Dentists' Pay Review Body (DDRB). Our submission includes:
- an update following the agreement reached with the British Medical Association (BMA) on the junior doctor contract
- progress on work taken forward to develop the specialty and associate specialist (SAS) grade and proposals for contract reform
- an update on the revised Local Clinical Excellence Awards scheme for consultants and plans for a successor scheme from 2021
- information on pensions and reward.
- The NHS, and its staff, continue to feel the combined effects of financial pressure, workforce shortages and rising demand.
- There is a risk that without the right workforce then the aims of the NHS People Plan will not be met.
- Any pay award over and above that already planned must be fully funded.
- The pensions tax issue is having a significant impact on senior staff across the NHS and on service delivery. We believe that the solution lies in a combination of scheme flexibilities, the removal of the cap and better information for staff, and that this should apply to all staff in time for the 2020/21 financial year.
- Employers, in general, do not support targeting pay. We should await the outcome of work currently underway as part of the people plan on the distribution of specialty trainees.
- The agreement reached with the BMA on the junior doctor contract and the three year pay deal was an important step and has allowed for partnership working to be re-established.
- The start of negotiations on contract reform for the SAS grade is a significant opportunity to re-establish the SAS doctor role as a positive and valued career choice.
Download the submission in full