Trainees’ pay drops in past year

TRAINEE doctors in England saw their salary fall by 0.2 per cent in the past year, new figures show.

In the year ending June 2014, their average basic pay dropped by £49 to £26,007. That followed a 0.5 per cent rise (£144) in the year from June 2012-2013.

Since June 2009, trainee pay has increased overall by only £211, or 0.8 per cent, a year.

The average income for individual junior doctors in the year to June 2014 was £35,994 including £10,817 in extra payments such as band supplements, geographic allowances and local payments.

In contrast, the report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed NHS hospital doctors’ pay increased by 0.4 per cent to an average of £59,051 from June 2013 to June 2014. This includes consultants and registrars but excludes locums and GPs.

The largest annual NHS pay increase over the same period went to locum hospital practitioners and clinical assistant doctors, with a 4.4 per cent rise boosting their income to £62,895.

In the year ending June 2014, hospital consultants earned on average £111,490, of which £83,607 was basic pay. That’s a 1.2 per cent increase compared to the June 2013 figure.

The BMA recently said it would submit evidence to the doctors’ pay review body next year despite the government stating it would not be taking recommendations for 2015-16. All NHS staff are expected to receive a one per cent pay increase.

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