UK doctors' pay award phased again

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 07 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:411
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    Doctors in the NHS have been awarded a pay rise above the level of inflation, but the award has been phased for the third year running: they will receive 2% from 1 April and the balance on 1 December.

    In the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body's 1998 report senior and junior hospital doctors and doctors in public and community health have been awarded rises of 4.2% and GPs 5.2% for the year as a whole. When pension increases are taken into account the first group will receive 4.55% and GPs 5.55%. From 1 December a house officer will start on £16 145 ($25 830), a consultant's salary will range from £45 740 to £59 040; and the average GP will earn £49 030 (£47 540 from 1 April). Target payments will add a further £3 500. The phasing means an average increase for doctors this year of 3.9%.

    The government has ignored the review body's …

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