Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration 2017/18 pay round - written evidence from NHS Providers
We recognise the need to appropriately and fairly reward staff, to support recruitment and retention and a motivated workforce. We do not oppose a 1% pay award for 2017/18, on the understanding that it is fully funded through local and national contracts for 2017/18.
A 1% pay award should not be targeted at the national level, as in the current industrial relations climate this may be divisive and it may not take account of differing local recruitment challenges.
We would like to see a successful conclusion to negotiations to reform the consultant contract. However, we recognise that this reform has had to be put on the backseat during the last year.
Successfully implementing the new junior doctor contract and rebuilding junior doctor engagement and morale is now a key priority for provider trusts.
Too often NHS workforce policy has been fragmented across different bodies and marginalised as an afterthought in national policy decisions. We consider that there is a need for a more strategic and coherent approach to workforce policy, including workforce planning.