Up staff pay by 2.5%, says DDRB

Practice staff should receive a 2.5 per cent pay rise, the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body has suggested.

The BMA asked the Review Body to outline its expectations for staff pay when making its recommendations. It followed DoH advice that staff on the appropriate Agenda for Change band would receive a 2.53 per cent hike this year.

But Laurence Slavin, a senior partner with specialist medical accountants Ramsay Brown and Partners, said many practices would be unable to afford such a rise. 'It's not uncommon for practices to be talking about passing on no pay rise, or even making redundancies,' he said.

Royal College of Nursing primary care adviser Lynn Young voiced concerns' about whether her members would receive the recommended rise.

'But the people who should be concerned are GPs, because they might lose their nurses,' she added. 'Good nursing is as much of an attraction to patients as good medicine.'

The RCN and BMA are meeting to discuss a joint letter, similar to one sent in 2004, outlining the benefits of offering decent terms and conditions to practice nurses.

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