Police surgeons are awarded 3% annual pay rise

Rates of pay for forensic physicians across the UK are to rise by 3 per cent in 2006/7, and again by the same amount in 2007/8.

More than 1,000 forensic physicians employed directly by police forces across the UK are entitled to the rise. However, about half of police forces employ private firms to run forensic medical services, which are not signed up to the pay deal.

Chairman of the Association of Forensic Physicians Dr Michael Knight said: 'In the Budget the chancellor talked about public sector rises in the order of 2.2 per cent. This is good news.'

Dr George Fernie, of the BMA's Forensic Medicine Committee said: 'We welcome this rise which will provide stability.'

Forensic physicians are paid under a complex system of more than 40 separate fees.

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