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Letters Doctors’ pay rise

Doctors’ pay rise: don’t be deceived, it’s not for covid-19

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3335 (Published 27 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3335
  1. Mary Slingo, specialty trainee year 6 in anaesthesia
  1. Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth PO6 3LY, UK
  1. maryslingo{at}doctors.org.uk

The proposed pay rise for doctors and other medical staff in England and Wales1 is not what it seems.

Alongside the entire NHS workforce, I have worked hard on the covid-19 frontline, managing “the biggest challenge to face the NHS.”2 The support from the nation has been humbling and encouraging. Nevertheless, salaries remain a common metric for official expressions of …

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