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Hunt will ask chancellor to consider lifting NHS pay cap

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2946 (Published 16 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2946
  1. Tom Moberly
  1. The BMJ

Jeremy Hunt, England’s health secretary, has said that he has “sympathy” for calls to increase NHS pay and that he would put the case for lifting the cap on pay rises to the Treasury.

Speaking at the NHS Confederation’s annual conference in Liverpool on 15 June, Hunt was asked about calls to lift the current cap on public sector pay, which limits pay rises for NHS staff to 1% a year until 2019.

NHS doctors’ pay is determined by the recommendations of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB). The DDRB has been told by the Treasury that overall pay awards should be within the 1% cap for all public sector workers, and its recommendation for 2016-17 was for a 1% pay …

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