Health secretary Patricia Hewitt has said the 2007-08 pay deal for NHS staff and GPs is 'sensible' and 'fair'. Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a 1.5 per cent rise in April and 1 per cent more in November; hospital doctors a flat £1,000; junior doctors 3 per cent; dentists 2 per cent; and GPs nothing.

The Royal College of Nursing and the British Medical Association both described the awards as pay cuts. The RCN said nurses would feel 'angry, frustrated and let down'. The BMA said doctors would feel 'betrayed and insulted'. The freeze for GPs was 'a grievous insult', said BMA GP committee chair Dr Hamish Meldrum. The British Dental Association expressed 'grave disappointment'.

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Health secretary Patricia Hewitt has said the 2007-08 pay deal for NHS staff and GPs is 'sensible' and 'fair'. Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a 1.5 per cent rise in April and 1 per cent more in November; hospital doctors a flat£1,000; junior doctors 3 per cent; dentists 2 per cent; and GPs nothing.

The Royal College of Nursing and the British Medical Association both described the awards as pay cuts. The RCN said nurses would feel 'angry, frustrated and let down'. The BMA said doctors would feel 'betrayed and insulted'. The freeze for GPs was 'a grievous insult', said BMA GP committee chair Dr Hamish Meldrum. The British Dental Association expressed 'grave disappointment'.

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