Government's response to DDRB recommendations

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The Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB) has published its 48th report containing recommendations on pay for the year 2020/21. 

The table below shows the details of the new pay awards. Further details of the new pay arrangements will be confirmed in a pay circular which will be published on our website later in August. The pay uplift for doctors and dentists in training was applied in April and was published in Pay Circular (M&D) 1/2020.

We submitted evidence to the DDRB in which we set out the scale of the financial and workforce challenges facing employers as well as their views on more detailed questions such as whether or not the pay award should be targeted.  

We look forward to working with employers again to inform our evidence for the 2021 round.

Remit group  Government response 
  • A 2.8% general uplift in pay backdated to April 2020.
  • The value of both national and local clinical excellence awards (CEAs) to be frozen.

Specialty Doctors (new grade 2008) and Associate Specialists (closed grade) (SAS doctors)

  •  A 2.8% general uplift in pay backdated to April 2020.


Doctors and dentists in training

  • In June 2019 junior doctors agreed a four-year deal incorporating 2 per cent per annum pay increases plus additional investment into the contract to make improvements, including to improve flexibility and working conditions.
General dental practitioners
  • A 2.8% general uplift in the pay element of their contract backdated to April 2020. 
Salaried GPs
  • The minimum and maximum points of the pay range to be increased by 2.8%.
Salaried Primary Care Dentists
  • A 2.8% general uplift in pay backdated to April 2020.

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