Public sector workers to receive above-inflation pay rises - but GPs and nurses are not included

Public sector workers, including teachers, police officers and doctors will see above inflation pay rises this year.

In recognition of their efforts on the frontline during the battle against COVID-19, teachers will receive a rise of 3.1%, while doctors and dentists will receive a 2.8% increase and police officers and prison officers will receive a rise of 2.5%.

Senior civil servants and senior military will be given a rise of 2%.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: "These past months have underlined what we always knew – that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and that we can rely on them when we need them. It’s right therefore that we follow the recommendations of the independent pay bodies with this set of real-terms pay rises."

According to the government, nearly 900,000 workers will benefit across the country.

However, nurses and GPs are not currently eligible for the pay rise.

Due to a separate pay deal that was agreed back in 2018 and lasts until 2021, nurses are not included.

Along with nurses, GPs are also not included in the new deal.

Speaking about the Chancellor's announcement, Vice-Chair of the British Medical Association David Wrigley told Good Morning Britain: "Doctors have been through one of the most traumatic and challenges of their career - something we’ll never see in a generation and it’s been so difficult for doctors.

"We would have expected the government to recognise this and it really isn’t what we thought we’d see from the government at this time," he added.

GP Sarah Jarvis also reacted to the announcement by saying: "I think there’s going to understandably be a lot of anger. I think social care workers, people who are working in care homes, some staff who moved into the care home for months so that the people they cared for wouldn’t be put at risk."

She added: "The regulations for GPs are different and I absolutely don’t dispute [the rise] for a moment for doctors working in hospitals - the consultants have put in amazing hours. The fact is that a pathologist who works in a laboratory and who was doing a lot more work in terms of looking at samples but who wasn’t exposed to any more patients, is going to get a rise whereas GPs who were on the frontline with wholly inadequate PPE, putting their lives on the line - a lot of black and minority ethnic doctors, in particular, died as a result of this because they weren’t protected enough, they’re not getting the rise.

"So I understand they want to make headlines but I do feel that the government is very good at making big headlines but then forgetting the small print and the small print effects thousands of people who have put their lives on the line."