British doctors need 53% pay increase to catch up

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:769

British doctors need pay increases averaging 53% if they are to regain the place in the earnings league that they held in 1980, according to the BMA's evidence to the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body. This is the first time that the BMA has made public its evidence in support of a pay claim.

The evidence states that fair comparisons with those in comparable professions should be the most important factor in setting pay levels. The gap between the pay of doctors and other professions such as barristers, actuaries, and vets has been widening since 1980 (see figure).

Since 1980 the review body has altered the …

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