27 Apr 2011

Junior doctors considering pay settlement

2:00 pm on 27 April 2011

Junior hospital doctors are considering a proposed pay settlement with their district health board employers.

They have been negotiating with DHBs over pay and other employment issues for more than a year.

Junior and senior hospital doctors have been in separate talks with DHBs over pay, with senior doctors on Tuesday releasing details of a business case calling for a $360 million boost to their pay and conditions over three years.

For their part, junior doctors last year reached a stand-off with employers over pay, which led to both sides agreeing to interest-based bargaining early this year over pay and other issues.

The Resident Doctors Association says more regular pay talks followed that, and were conducted in an improved spirit.

It says a proposed settlement has gone to union members for possible ratification, with a decision expected next week.