Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced a new pay deal for doctors in Wales, which includes a higher salary increase than the deal agreed in England.
Contrary to England and Scotland, the Welsh Government has agreed in full the recommendations of the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB).
The new deal will include a 2 per cent base increase for salaried doctors, salaried GPs and independent contractor GPs and an additional 2 per cent for independent contractor and salaried GPs, as well as to the GP trainers’ grant and appraisers’ rate. An extra 1.5 per cent is being awarded to specialty and associate specialist (SAS) doctors. The pay rises will be backdated to 1 April 2018.
Announcing the pay deal, the Health Secretary said the agreement recognises “the value and dedication of hardworking doctors” and their contribution to the NHS in Wales.
“Following years of austerity, imposed by the UK Government, we have committed additional funding to fulfil the DDRB recommendations. The reality remains, however, that our budgets are limited and so meeting a pay deal resulting from the lifting of the UK Government’s pay cap without appropriate funding to follow presents a risk to the future funding of NHS Wales,” he cautioned.
“Together with our recent agreement on a pay rise for the rest of the NHS Wales workforce, this shows we are committed to investing in staff to ensure they can continue to deliver excellent health and social care. Together with recruitment campaigns like Train, Work, Live this will help us create a workforce that can deliver our long-term vision for the NHS in Wales.”