Forces doctors fury over pay freeze

The Daily Telegraph reports (09 Apr 2010) that military doctors who are saving lives on the front line in Afghanistan are likely to quit the Army after the government imposed a pay freeze on Armed Forces medics.

In an announcement slipped out by the Ministry of Defence, the Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth said there would be no increase in salaries for all Defence Medical Services consultants, medical practitioners and dentists.

Despite the rest of the Forces receiving a two per cent increase this year, junior doctors and junior rank medics will only receive a one per cent rise.

The news comes at a time when the MoD is struggling to recruit enough doctors and nurses for the front line and in some instances it has used expensive agency staff to plug gaps.

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