Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration

Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration

The Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (otherwise known as the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body or the DDRB) is a body established to set the pay of doctors and dentists in the UK health service.

The Review Body invites evidence from a range of stakeholders, including the BMA and the government, and then provides a recommendation to the government on how much doctors' pay should increase in the following year. This recommendation is then taken under advisement and the government then sets the pay rises through the NHS Employers organisation. The pay rises are published with the implementation schedules, in the NHS Medical and Dental Pay Circular (Available from the NHS Employers website and published every year on the 1st April).

In principle the DDRB matches doctors' pay with others doing similar jobs in the public and private sector, and ensures that doctors' pay continues to match that of others doing comparable jobs, and on comparable incomes. In practice it has been suggested that the DDRB has failed to maintain doctors' incomes in line with others, partly because of pressure from the treasury, and partly because the government has refused to fully meet the DDRB recommendations. There is evidence that doctors' income has been falling over many years.

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