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Health secretary accepts 1% doctor pay increase recommendation

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has accepted a recommendation that doctor pay should increase by 1% in 2017/18.

This mirrors the GP partner contractual pay uplifts already announced in England, in Wales, and in Scotland.

In a ministerial statement, Mr Hunt said he accepted the recommendation, set out in the annual report by the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration, for salaried and independent contractor doctors to receive a 1% pay uplift.

He also accepted that there should be a 1% increase to the maximum and minimum of the salary range for salaried GPs; to the GP trainers’ grant; and the flexible pay premia included in the new junior doctors’ contract.

The supplement payable to GP registrars ’should remain at 45% of basic salary for those on the existing UK-wide contract’ and the rate for GP appraisers ‘should remain at £500’, in line with DDRB recommendations, MR Hunt’s statement added.

With regards to the specific remits given to DDRB to consider targeting pay awards by specialty and geography to relieve workforce shortages, Mr Hunt said the Government ‘notes the recommendation for giving further considerations’ to the proposal.

The DDRB’s report recommended that the health departments in England, Wales and Northern Ireland all ‘give serious consideration to developing a new mechanism for enabling targeted pay solutions, backed by extra national resources, to be locally stimulated and rapidly tested’.

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Readers' comments (11)

  • Whoop de do we are saved,NOT.

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  • Great news for recruitment and retention. 3 days left.

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  • Cobblers

    Remind me. Inflation is running at 2.6% ?

    So, a 1.6% pay cut then.

    No sense of urgency is there?

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  • Cobblers

    What did MPs get for a payrise? Not 1%.

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  • Big deal! One glimmer of hope is that the appraisers might all give up the punishment

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  • AlanAlmond

    My god this photo again...makes me want to chuck. Can't you just stick up a picture of a flower or something instead? It's cruel ..why are you doing this to us?

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  • Jeremy continues to impose his "penance" on us as he put it - MPs getting 1.4%...

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  • So NHS England is going to drop my list size by another 100 patients. Thanks Jeremy, you could have directly paid them so they have stop persecuting one Practice after 7 years. Feed the hungry bulldogs so GPs are allowed to work on equal footing with colleagues.

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  • inflation is actually 3.2% at present ,but likely to rise to 5.5 % by end of september ; It depends who calculates it . This seems to be a fairly conservative estimate . Check ONS

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  • Dear Ed.
    Please could you consider replacing the often used photo of Jeremy Hunt's (unspeakable) face with, perhaps, a pleasant rural hunting scene?

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