NHS pharmacists overlooked for pay rise


NHS doctors and dentists are set to get a 2.8% pay rise in England, backdated to April. Pharmacists have been overlooked on this occasion.


The uplift is in line with the NHS Long Term Plan’s funding settlement of a record £33.9 billion extra by 2023 to 2024


The government has accepted in full the pay recommendations in the latest Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) report, which considers a range of evidence from the NHS and trade unions.


This pay award is worth, in basic pay:


  • between £2,200 and £3,000 for consultants.
  • between £1,100 and £2,100 for specialty doctors.
  • between £1,500 and £2,600 for associate specialists.


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society President Sandra Gidley said the fact that pharmacists were overlooked on this occasion was a kick in the teeth’.


Responding to today’s announcement that public sector workers including doctors are to get an above-inflation pay rise because of their contribution to the pandemic, Ms Gidley said:

“Once again hard-working frontline pharmacists have been side-stepped when it comes to public sector pay increases. Pharmacists have worked tirelessly in the face of huge challenges during Covid-19 to ensure patients receive high-quality care.

“We want fairer pay for pharmacists who are working for the NHS and delivering NHS services and they shouldn’t have to wait. We want to see pay rises for pharmacists in line with other healthcare colleagues. To have the immense dedication and commitment pharmacists have shown ignored in this pay rise review is a real kick in the teeth.

“We are asking the Government for immediate and urgent clarification about this unacceptable and unfair omission. It is critical that they value our key NHS workers.”


Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:


“These past few months have been an incredibly challenging time for our NHS, and the resolve, professionalism and dedication of staff has been on show throughout.


“We are able to accept the recommendations of the independent pay review body for dentists and doctors.


“I am committed to supporting the entire NHS and social care workforce through improved recruitment and retention and delivering 50,000 more nurses and 6,000 more doctors in general practice.”


The British Medical Association’s consultants committee chair Rob Harwood said many doctors would feel ‘bitterly disappointed’ and even insulted by the latest pay recommendations.


He continued:


“For weeks the public has shown its appreciation for NHS and social care staff; the DDRB should have done the same and recommended doctors were given the remuneration they so rightly deserve. Instead, doctors have been given a metaphorical slap in the face.


“Many of the most highly skilled doctors in the NHS have seen their pay whittled away year on year with minimal or no pay rises – with many having suffered a 30 per cent real-terms pay cut over the last decade. This was the perfect opportunity for the Government to show it values our doctors and give them the pay they deserve.”


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