The BMA has slammed the new NHS pay deal announced by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock yesterday. The union has written to Secretary Hancock requesting an urgent meeting to discuss the deal.
In a statement, Dr Anthea Mowat, BMA representative and chair of the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' DDRB remuneration review warned the Government about the “anger and disappointment” of doctors in relation to the “derisory” pay increases and failure to backdate payments.
She warned the Government that the BMA will now be “considering its next steps in response”.
In a letter sent to the Secretary Hancock yesterday evening, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA Chair of Council, described the deal as “devaluing” for doctors and said “it is difficult to see how this will not damage relations for the future, both with the DDRB and the UK Government.
Dr Nagpaul said that, having met with Mr Hancock recently and been pleased to hear how he valued NHS staff, he was shocked to learn that the DDRB’s recommendations had been ignored.
Doctors in England who have faced real terms pay cuts for several years now have just been presented with news that their earnings will continue to fall behind inflation. Having met with you very recently and been pleased to hear how highly you value NHS staff, it came as a shock to hear that the DDRB’s recommendations will be ignored.
“It is disappointing and demoralising in the extreme that the pay cap appears to have been lifted across the public sector, except where doctors are concerned,” he said.
Dr Nagpaul requested an urgent meeting with the Secretary “to discuss what can be done to address the profession’s anger”.