Pay increases for health professionals

The Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Bairbre de Brún, has said that she would be matching the pay awards announced earlier this week for doctors, dentists, nurses and professions allied to medicine.

The Minister said: "I am implementing the same increases for health professionals here as their colleagues in England, Scotland and Wales are to receive. Staff carry out a difficult job, and keeping the pay award above the level of inflation, even in times of financial constraint, is one of a number of ways in which this can be recognised."

The pay awards, which are for the year 2002/2003, follow the recommendations made by the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body (DDRB) and the Review Body for Nursing Staff, Midwives and Health Visitors and Professions Allied to Medicine (NPRB). The recommendations have also been accepted by the other Health Departments.

Subject to a minimum cash uplift of £400, the health professionals will receive an overall pay increase of 3.6 per cent for salaried doctors, dentists and general dental practitioners, nurses, midwives and health visitors physiotherapists, radiographers and other professions allied to medicine.

Cash based allowances are increased in line with pay awards, with On Call and standby payments for nurses will increase by 50 per cent whilst Psychiatric and Regional Secure Unit Allowances will be increased by 32 per cent. (SP)

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