The NHS could face grievance cases from disgruntled employees if it presses ahead with proposals to ask all its members of staff to agree to waive their right to incremental wage increases.
Under plans laid down recently by NHS Employers - an organisation which reviews the pay of employees within the service - it would have been proposed to members of staff that they accept a stop on any rises, on top of the already established two-year pay freeze.
However, the British Medical Association (BMA) has rejected these plans on the basis that an "overwhelming response" from its members pointed to the fact that this "proposed national framework" is a bad idea.
Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of council at the BMA, stated that this would amount to a "severe real-terms cut", which would be unfair on the workers who have already suffered through having a pay freeze "at a time of rising inflation".
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Posted by Richard Saunders