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Letters The BMJ appeal 2020-21

Donating our “Christmas bonus”

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 25 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n203
  1. Stuart M White, consultant anaesthetist
  1. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton BN2 4DN, UK
  1. stuart.white6{at}

The UK government intends to honour its commitments to pay increases above inflation for NHS workers “despite the challenging economic context (of covid-19).”1 Doctors’ pay will rise by 2.8% in 2020-21—equivalent to £2200-£3000 (€2500-€3400; $3000-$4100) for consultants and GP partners and £1100-£2100 for specialty doctors.

But many other people will experience major financial hardship in 2021-22, through unemployment, pay freezes, and predicted tax rises and spending cuts. Four million …

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