Review body calls for “measured” move to local pay

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:419

The government has accepted the recommendation from the doctors' review body for a move towards local pay determination “in a measured way.” In its report published last week the review body recommends an increase from 1 April of 2.5% for all salaried doctors in the NHS—those working in the hospital service, in public health, and community medicine.

In addition, the review body suggests a system of transitional local pay for consultants in those NHS trusts “willing and able” to introduce local schemes. Under this arrangement consultants will receive a minimum increase of 2.5% and the transitional pay will be limited to the distribution of a further 2.5% of the consultant pay bill (excluding merit awards) in the trust. The review body says that moves to local pay should be tested in different forms for at least another two or three years. “We do not accept that the necessary confidence of doctors and dentists …

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