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Doctors' salaries drop by 22% in a decade, official research finds

Doctors’ salaries have declined by 22% in the decade between 2005 and 2015, according to new Government research.

A study by University College London and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, which was commissioned by the Office of Manpower Economics, found that public pay policy, including the policy to cap public sector pay rises at 1%, has meant that doctors’ pay has dropped in real terms.

This comes one month after health secretary Jeremy Hunt accepted a recommendation that doctors should see a 1% pay rise in 2017/18

However, the uplift recommended at a time when the cost of living rate increased to 2.3% - the highest it had been in three years.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said there is ‘growing support’ to end the pay cap for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

He said: ‘With the NHS at breaking point, politicians cannot continue to duck this issue. 

‘Investing in the NHS workforce and providing fair terms and conditions must be a priority for this Government, otherwise the NHS simply won’t be able to attract and keep the frontline staff needed to deliver safe, high-quality patient care.’

Pulse reported last week that health minister Philip Dunne, said there was ‘a degree of injustice’ in the pay rise given to MPs while the rest of the public sector faced a 1% pay cap.

Readers' comments (7)

  • The biggest rise in the cost of living -is housing , This is not counted in inflation figures but you have to be able to pay larger loan repayments . The real fall is much steeper than 22% . More like 34% .

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  • Cobblers

    My figures, accountant verified, make it worse than 22%. Add to that the, at least, 22% increase in workload.

    Add in quango scrutiny, media denigration and lack of support (aka BMA & RCGP) then you have what is a perfect storm.

    And I have to keep this from the trainees! Honey coat my words so as to not put them off from GP.

    RCGP take a bow.

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  • Inflation is really 13%
    So we are losing yearly

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  • This only goes to 2015, there are another 2 years of significant falls to add to that, and potentially a further 3 to come...

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  • The Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) is to liaise with judges in a major review of their pay, after a recent survey cited nearly half of judges are considering quitting their roles.

    In a letter this week addressed to the Lord Chief Justice for England and Wales, the body stated that a judicial pay rise is expected and the SSRB will consider how to attract more judges ‘in the light of the external market, retention and motivation’. It will advise the Lord Chancellor of the outcome by June 2018.

    The Judicial Attitude Survey, published by UCL, this February found that 47% of High Court judges are considering leaving the judiciary - and almost three quarters or 74% of respondents felt that their pay and pension entitlement combined inadequately reflected their work.

    The judiciary has voiced a growing number of concerns over remuneration in recent years.

    Since 2016, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales salary’ was £249,583. This represents a 2% rise from 2014. Top-tier Lords including Lord Chief Justices of Northern Ireland, Lord President of the Court of Session, Master of the Rolls and President of the Supreme Court’s 2016 pay was set at £222,862, also a 2% increase.

    Those judges in the lower payscale tier, including costs judges and district judges in magistrates’ courts, had officially salaries of £107,100 in 2016. Judicial pay is separated across seven payscales, reviewed each April.


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  • Nhsfatcat

    Judges only pay 2% pension contributions but there is no sympathy gained by comparison. We need to be quoting per appointment take home, hours, increases in workload and FTE numbers. Everything will be spun. We need to spin back or pick up our ball and go play somewhere else.

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  • so worse off than before GMS2, with HUGE increase in workload and pension contributions. In fairness over 80%, of those who voted, voted for it!

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