Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced a new pay deal for doctors and dentists in Wales, which includes a higher salary increase than the deal agreed in England.

The Health Secretary confirmed that the Welsh government has agreed in full the recommendations of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB):
A two per cent base increase for salaried doctors and dentists, salaried General Medical Practitioners (GMPs) and independent contractor GMPs and General Dental Practitioners (GDPs)

An additional two per cent for independent contractor GMPs, salaried GMPs, and to the GMP trainers’ grant, and the GMP appraisers’ rate
An additional 1.5 per cent for Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors

Hot on the heels of the news, Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, commented, ‘This pay rise, which will be backdated to 1st April 2018, recognises the value and dedication of hardworking doctors and dentists and their key contribution to the NHS in Wales. This deal goes beyond what was agreed for doctors and dentists over the border and is yet another reason why Wales is a great place to train, work, and live.’

He added, ‘Following years of austerity, imposed by the UK government, we have committed additional funding to fulfil the DDRB recommendations. The reality remains, however, that our budgets are limited and so meeting a pay deal resulting from the lifting of the UK government’s pay cap without appropriate funding to follow presents a risk to the future funding of NHS Wales.

‘I am also very happy that BMA Cymru Wales have agreed work in partnership with the Welsh government and NHS employers to deliver the ambitions set out in A Healthier Wales, around the long-term sustainability of the workforce, and delivery of the Primary Care Model for Wales.’