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​​Question marks over uplifts for NI GDPs

14 December 2017


The BDA is urgently reaching out to authorities in Northern Ireland after failure to provide lack of clarity on whether pay awards will be awarded to non-salaried front line NHS staff.  


The Department of Health announced public sector pay policy for 2017/18 – but has left the status of contracted health workers – including GDPs and GPs uncertain.


In the absence of Ministers and agreement on a Northern Ireland public sector pay policy  the department has agreed to implement the below inflation one per cent uplift that was recommended earlier this year by the NHS Pay Review Body and the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration. 


The pay policy, agreed by the Department of Finance this week, allows the Department of Health to implement the one per cent pay award for health and social care workers, including salaried dentists.


We are now in touch with department officials and health sector partners to demand assurances on awards for Health Service independent contractors. 


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