BMA evidence to pay review body will focus on 'deteriorating' doctors' pay

The BMA's evidence to the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB) will focus on the deterioration in doctors' pay over recent years.

Dr McKeown: The BMA is planning to submit evidence that focuses on how doctors' pay has been eroded

GPC member Dr Helena McKeown said although in 2012/13 the profession will still be within the three year pay freeze for NHS workers, the DDRB has indicated it is interested in ‘morale and motivation’ issues.

She said the BMA is therefore planning to submit evidence that focuses on how doctors' pay has been eroded as well as evidence on ‘morale, motivation and the unique role of doctors in relation to risk’.

It comes as NHS Employers submitted evidence to the DDRB that said restraining pay will be ‘essential’ to minimise job loses and protect patient services.

It said growing financial pressures are leaving employers increasingly concerned about the cost of the current national pay and conditions.

Dean Royles, director of the NHS Employers organisation, said: ‘The pay bill for health trusts is often nearly 70% of their budget and even during the government’s pay freeze there is an upward pressure on their paybill costs of 2.4%.

‘Tight control of staff costs will be necessary if the service is to minimise potential job losses and ensure patients continue to have access to high quality services.’

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