In recognition of their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and with the advice of the Doctors and Dentists Review Body, the Welsh Government has agreed to grant dentists and doctors, including salaried GPs and consultants, a 2.8 per cent pay-rise.
This follows recent reports of police, National Crime Agency staff and prison officers in Wales and England receiving a 2.5% pay rise, and the UK armed forces receiving a 2% pay-rise. Additionally, senior civil servants and judiciary members across the UK will also earn a pay-rise of 2 per cent.
“Dentists to receive a 2.8% pay-rise in Wales.“
Vaughan Gething, Health Minister, stated: "This increase is well deserved recognition for our hardworking doctors and dentists and their contribution to the NHS in Wales. The Welsh Government is committed to supporting our NHS workforce, who have once again proved their dedication and commitment by delivering excellent healthcare in very difficult circumstances recently."
Chairman of the BMA Cymru Wales Council, Dr David Bailey, stated: "The recommendations could have gone further to address many years of below-inflation rises; however, doctors in Wales will be pleased that the Welsh Government has decided to implement the recommendation made by the independent panel. The NHS is facing unprecedented levels of demand and staff shortages, and the last few months have been particularly gruelling for doctors as they have battled the Covid-19 pandemic."