10 Sep 2008

Jnr hospital doctors agreement not settled yet - union

10:51 am on 10 September 2008

The union representing junior hospital doctors say it's premature for district health boards to be celebrating an end to a lengthy pay dispute between the groups.

The 21 boards announced on Tuesday they have agreed on a settlement with the Resident Doctors Association.

The deal is believed to incorporate a 5% lump sum and an increase of 8.65% plus a further 2% increase in July next year.

Association spokesperson, Deborah Powell, says most members are yet to see the proposal and it's far from ratified.

Ms Powell says they have been emailed the proposal and asked for feedback.

She says further negotiations with the DHBs may take place, and eventually the deal will be voted on by postal ballot.

Junior hospital doctors went on strike for 48 hours in April and May.

Their former pay agreement expired in July 2007.

Radio New Zealand's health correspondent says they originally claimed an increase of about 10% a year, but dropped that to a bit over 7% a year.