Health staff face ‘bitter pill’ on pay

Nicholas Timmins, Financial Times, October 19, 2006 Doctors, dentists and nurses should get basic pay rises of only 1.5 per cent next year – less than half the current inflation rate – the government said on Thursday in a move presaging the toughest public sector pay round in years. Gordon Brown, chancellor, had already made clear to review bodies charged with recommending public sector pay rises that settlements should not breach the government’s inflation target of 2 per cent. ... Health