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BMA is frustrated by pay award for doctors on old contract

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 18 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:663
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The BMA has greeted the new pay awards for doctors who stay on their existing contracts rather than choose the new contracts with a sense of frustration and disappointment, claiming the awards will do nothing to improve morale or the problems of recruitment and retention that the profession faces.

    The above inflation increases made by the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB) range from 2.5% for hospital doctors to 2.7% for junior doctors. However, the new contracts incorporate an increase of 3.225% for 2004-5.

    Sam Everington, deputy chairman of the BMA, has criticised the awards on the old contract, which have been accepted in …

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