Government's response to DDRB recommendations

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The Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB) has published the 47th report of the Review Body on Doctors and Dentists Remuneration containing recommendations on pay for the year 2019/20. The government accepted most of the DDRB’s recommendations.

Please see the grid below for 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 shortly. The DDRB was not asked to make recommendation on general practitioners as this is the first year of the recently announced five-year contract deal.

The report also contains more general observations on matters concerning the medical and dental workforce, including the review body’s concerns about morale and motivation and views on pay and contract reform. Although the pay award will go some way to addressing concerns highlighted by the DDRB, the rise in the pay bill may create a challenging cost pressure for some trusts.

NHS Employers 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 2020 round.


Remit group  Government response 
  • A 2.5% general uplift in pay backdated to April 2019.
  • The value of both national and old style local clinical excellence awards (CEAs) to be frozen.

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

  •  A 2.5% general uplift in pay backdated to April 2019.
  • The potential for an additional 1%, on top of the 2.5% already paid to be added to pay in 2020/21 conditional on contract reform, through a multi-year agreement.


Doctors and dentists in training


 In June 2019 junior doctors agreed a four-year deal incorporating pay increases and improved flexibility and working conditions, including pay increases of 2% per annum for the next four years.

General dental practitioners A 2.5% general uplift in the pay element of their contract backdated to April 2019. 
Salaried GPs The minimum and maximum points of the pay range to be increased by 2%.
Salaried Primary Care Dentists
A 2.5% general uplift in pay backdated to April 2019


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