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Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (Review Body)

Volume 624: debated on Tuesday 28 March 2017

I am responding on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the 45th report of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB). The report has been laid before Parliament today (Cm 9441) and is available as an attachment online. I am grateful to the chair and members of the DDRB for their report.

We welcome the 45th report of the DDRB.

The Government are pleased to accept its recommendations for a 1% increase for 2017-18 to:

the national salary scales for salaried doctors and dentists. This will be in addition to incremental pay for those that are eligible;

the maximum and minimum of the salary range for salaried general medical practitioners;

pay, net of expenses, for independent contractor general medical and dental practitioners;

the general medical practitioners trainers’ grant;

the flexible pay premia included in the new junior doctors’ contract; and

the value of the awards for consultants—clinical excellence awards, discretionary points and commitment awards.

The Government also accept the DDRB’s recommendations that the supplement payable to general practice specialty registrars should remain at 45% of basic salary for those on the existing UK-wide contract and that the rate for general medical practitioner appraisers should remain at £500.

he Government accept the recommendations to report to the DDRB on doctors and dentists taking early retirement and reasons for this.

The Government note the recommendation for giving further consideration to pay targeting by specialty and geography.

The Government also note the DDRB’s observation that there is at present insufficient evidence about aspects of our workforce of salaried general medical practitioners.

Attachments can be viewed online at: