Junior doctors accept new pay deal
- By: Helen Morant
Junior doctors in the United Kingdom have voted overwhelmingly to accept a pay deal that delivers the biggest increases to those working the longest and most antisocial hours. Jobs will fall into one of four bands of pay according to the amount and timing of the additional hours worked. Earnings will no longer be related to the specific number of hours worked.
About half of the 30000 junior doctors responded. Some 79% of the respondents voted to accept the deal negotiated by the BMA's Junior Doctors Committee and the Department of Health.
The banding of each job will be based on the results of a questionnaire filled in by the post holders, and trusts will not be allowed to increase the number of hours of work within each band. The pay rises are to be phased in over the next three years.
The average newly qualified doctor, currently earning £24164