DAUK expresses concerns over trainee pay

Thousands of doctors feel “abandoned” by the government, a medical organisation says today as concerns continued over this week’s pay awards.

The Doctors’ Association said it had written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, accusing him of forgetting trainee doctors.

The 2.8%, hailed by the government, is being awarded to consultants and staff and associate specialist doctors but trainees are being confined to their annual 2% increase.

The Doctors’ Association intervention follows anger from the British Medical Association and the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association.

Doctors’ Association chair Dr Rinesh Parmar said: “This announcement is utterly demoralising for thousands of doctors who have had their working lives turned upside down by the pandemic.

“They have worked in horrifying conditions, often for 13 hour day and night shifts on intense rotes. They’ve watched colleagues contract the virus and some have sadly seen colleagues die. For the government not to value the enormous contribution that these doctors have made is an utter travesty.

“These doctors are the Consultants, Specialists and GPs of tomorrow, if we treat them with contempt we stand to lose them in the future.”

He added: “We’re calling on the Government to urgently revise the pay award, make it applicable to all doctors and provide a COVID-19 bonus payment for all those who put themselves at risk to care for us all during the first wave.”