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Hospital Doctors

Volume 170: debated on Friday 20 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the change in the pay and conditions of hospital doctors in the National Health Service since 1979.

Between April 1979 and April 1990 the pay of hospital doctors in the National Health Service has increased in real terms by 37·2 per cent. From April 1990 they will receive a further 7 per cent. rise in their pay and subsequently a further 2·5 per cent. from 1 January 1991.The terms and conditions of service for hospital doctors are frequently amended following negotiations between the Health Departments and the medical and dental professions. Copies of the current version of the handbook of terms and conditions of service for medical and dental staff have been placed in the Library.