NHS doctors will receive a below inflation pay rise of just 1% this year, following the recommendation of the Doctors and Dentists Remuneration Body.
“As the Review Body has noted, doctors have made a significant contribution to the performance of the NHS during a time of huge financial pressure,” said Dr Mark Porter, Chair of BMA Council.
“The net increase of 1%, which is below inflation, will be very disappointing to doctors - especially after real terms pay cuts for many years - and will do little to improve morale.”
NHS Employers opposed any rise at all saying a “pay increase this year was not necessary and would add additional cost pressures to NHS trusts”.
The pay rise will become effective from 1 April 2013.