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Doctors need 5% pay rise just to stand stillAverage cost of college exam is £452Threat of industrial action has not gone away

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 09 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1010

Doctors need 5% pay rise just to stand still

The BMA says that an average increase of at least 5% in doctors' salaries would be necessary from April 2000 to maintain the profession's relative position.

In its evidence to the doctors' and dentists' review body the association has repeated its suggestion that the review body should consider a structured timetable for restoring the comparative position of the profession covering not more than five years. It says that evidence shows that medical remuneration continues to fall behind that of higher paid employees generally. The BMA says that it continues to be astonished by the government's complacency on retention, which is a more significant indicator of workforce problems that recruitment “If the NHS is to avoid increasing the already onerous workload of its existing workforce, it cannot afford to be complacent about the rate of early retirements.”

The review body is asked to recognise the increasing volume and intensity of consultants' workload by increasing the basic pay and the value of discretionary points. The BMA believes that the lack of consultant expansion compromises the government's commitment to a consultant based NHS. It criticises the implication that non-consultant career grade doctors are available to …

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