14 July 2023

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced a pay rise of at least 6% for most eligible doctors and Dentists. Junior doctors will receive and average of 8.8% uplift, from 8.1% to 10.3%, depending on the level of training.

The government has accepted the independent pay review bodies recommendations in full. The pay rise will be backdated to 1 April 2023.

Steve Barclay, health and social care secretary, commented:

“We hugely value the work of all NHS staff. That’s why we’re giving junior doctors, consultants and senior NHS staff a fair and reasonable pay rise as recommended by the independent pay review bodies. But it also balances the need to keep inflation in check while giving some staff significant pay increases. We’ve made it clear this pay award is not up for negotiation and urge those unions still in dispute with the government to end their strikes immediately.”

With continuing strike action, not only in the public sector, this may set a precedent for other businesses to take note of when considering their requests and further action.

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