Archive for July, 2009
Judy Viitanen has heard that the government will not implement the recommendations of the NHS pay review body on pharmacists’ pay. PRimage believe that the Government’s action is misguided, given that there is currently a 22% vacancy rate among NHS pharmacists across England and Wales. The pharmacists’ pay review body proposed a premium of up to £5,000 a year in order to improve recruitment and retention.
And according to Unite, implementing the body’s recommendations would cost £12m a year. This is just half the £24m a year the NHS spent on locum pharmacists last year. However, health secretary Andy Burnham rejected the proposal.
He said money was short and the recruitment crisis wasn’t severe enough to justify it! Judy is sure that the various pharmacy representative bodies, such as the CCA, NPA and PSNC have evidence to the contrary. Quite rightly, unions have reacted with fury to the move, which now raises the chance that the government could also ignore rulings from other pay review bodies such as the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body (DDRB). Watch this space …..