Hewitt tries to hold pay rises to 1 per cent

Salaried GPs, educators, trainers and all NHS-employed doctors should receive a pay rise of just 1 per cent from April this year, according to health secretary Patricia Hewitt.

In a letter to the Review Body dated 19 December, the health secretary undercut a 2 per cent rise recommended by the Treasury (GP, 2 December).

The BMA this week criticised 'government meddling' in the pay review.

BMA leaders are also angry that Ms Hewitt's letter referred to a '0 per cent inflation uplift for the GMS contract'.

In a letter to the Review Body dated 6 January, BMA chairman James Johnson urged it to ignore 'repeated intervention from ministers' which subjected it to 'unacceptable pressure'.

The Review Body's report is expected at the end of February.

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