9 Sep 2008

DHBs settle bitter pay dispute with junior doctors

7:32 pm on 9 September 2008

The long-running and bitter pay row between junior doctors and their employers appears to be over.

District Health Boards announced on Tuesday they have agreed on a proposed settlement with the union representing junior doctors, and it will now go to doctors for their response.

DHBs and resident or junior doctors had been striving for months to find a way out of deadlocked pay talks that resulted in junior doctors going on strike for 48 hours in April and May.

The pay deal is believed to extend until the end of 2009, incorporate a 5% lump sum and an increase of at least 8.65%.

The Resident Doctors Association union is not commenting before its members have had a chance to assess the details, and all the DHBs will say is that they are delighted to have agreed terms for a settlement.

The DHBs' spokesman, David Meates, says the terms of the settlement will go to union members for ratification and no details will be released while that takes place.

However, Mr Meates says it is good news as it clears the way for the DHB employers to start talking to junior doctors about the training and development needs of the medical workforce.