In an already overstretched and underappreciated NHS workforce, I’m sure George Osborne’s intention to effectively freeze pay for the next four years went down like a ton of lead balloons.
The BMJ comments in their article on the proposed measure. He intends to restrict annual salary increases across the public sector to 1%, which amounts to a pay freeze at best for NHS staff once inflation is taken into account. How will that impact staff in human terms, when already there is growing dissatisfaction amongst doctors in the NHS? Couple this with the mooted “7 day working week” and you can see why staff want to leave for greener pastures.
As is so often the case with Government budgets, there is a tendency to suggest popularist measures (like scrapping the non dom rules) but this affects people wealthy enough to either leave the country or employ a team of tax advisors to help them.
As a doctor in the NHS, there is very little you can do to influence such measures. Strike like tube drivers (no doctors’ union to do this!), change careers, or just accept it grudgingly and get on with it. To attract and retain the best and brightest; NHS follow the example of The City – pay them, mentor them, appreciate them!
I’m going to be a little revolutionary here, Can you Break the Pay Freeze?