Thank you to those who have contacted me about pay for staff outside the NHS Agenda for Change scheme – consultants, doctors and dentists.
I recognise the sacrifice, commitment and dedication of our NHS workers over the past year. While it is important to honour this, the Government is also engaged in achieving balances with the public finances which have been heavily impacted by the pandemic.
Last year, the Government announced a pay rise of 2.8% for doctors and dentists, backdated to April 2020, in line with the recommendations of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration. This pay rise is an important acknowledgment of the commitment and hard work of staff throughout this difficult time.
I also welcome the investment that the Government has already made in the NHS workforce, including £513m in professional development and increased recruitment, £30m on staff mental health support including wellbeing hubs and occupational health support, and the new bursary programme giving at least £5,000 each year to new nursing, midwifery, and Allied Health professional students.
I will continue to monitor this issue. Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.