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Next year's pay rises for doctors should be 2% or less, government says

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 08 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1359
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Pay rises for doctors and other healthcare staff in Britain should not be above 2% next year, the government said last week.

    The chancellor of the exchequer, Gordon Brown, used his pre-Budget report to urge restraint on pay increases so that inflation stays around 2%.

    Mr Brown said that the health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, would be asking for a 2% rise in her evidence to the various pay review bodies for NHS staff. Ms Hewitt is due to give oral evidence …

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