GPC negotiator Dr Beth McCarron-Nash said: ‘This sends a terrible message, particularly at a time when NHS staff are being asked to step up and respond to a potential national emergency.'
She said the DoH should always implement the independent pay review bodies' recommendations.
‘Not doing is exceptionally damaging - it has bad consequences for recruitment and retention and morale.'
There is currently a 22% vacancy rate among NHS pharmacists across England and Wales. The pharmacists' pay review body proposed a premium of up to £5,000 a year in order to improve recruitment and retention.
But health secretary Andy Burnham rejected the proposal, claiming that money was short and the recruitment crisis was not severe enough to justify it.
Read GP dated 10 July for the full story.
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