September 26, 2023

As senior medical doctors in England vote on strike motion, Abi Rimmer spoke to the pinnacle of the BMA’s Consultants Committee concerning the supply of the dispute

In latest months NHS consultants in England have been supporting their junior physician colleagues who’ve been on strike over their pay and circumstances. However senior medical doctors might quickly be becoming a member of them: on 15 Could the BMA launched a poll of consultants in England to find out whether or not they may take industrial motion over their pay and pensions.1 Vishal Sharma, the chair of the BMA’s Consultants Committee, spoke to The BMJ about what had led them up to now.

What are consultants asking for?

The BMA has mentioned that consultants in England have seen their take dwelling pay reduce by 35% since 2008-09. It has known as on the federal government to finish this pay erosion—starting with an settlement on the 2023-24 pay award—and to commit itself to a mechanism to redress the long run discount in consultants’ pay.

Sharma advised The BMJ, “In easy phrases we’re asking for our pay to not be reduce this 12 months—so not less than matching inflation—and for the impartial pay evaluation course of [by the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB)] to be absolutely restored to be really impartial because it was when it was first fashioned.”

What are the BMA’s grievances with the DDRB?

The federal government has mentioned repeatedly that its arms are tied by the pay evaluation course of when it got here to deciding medical doctors’ pay awards. However the BMA mentioned …