Doctors fully recognise the economic constraints the NHS is facing, the chairman of the BMA Council told the Guardian, after the Department of Health announced that it wants to call a halt to the planned 1% pay rise.
Mark Porter added: "[For] the Government to imply that unless NHS staff endure what is effectively another year of pay cuts they will put patient safety at risk is insulting at best, given doctors are working harder than ever before and have borne the brunt of the Government's efficiency drive."
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