The pay award is yet another real-terms pay cut for NHS workers.
The Government has awarded NHS workers a one-off pay increase of £1,400, or 71p per hour.
Instead of the traditional fixed percentage rise, NHS workers have been awarded a single figure which varies massively in percentage terms.
It equates to around 9% for porters, cleaners and support workers but is only about 5% for most nurses. For those in advanced clinical roles or management, it will be just 4%.
The rise will be backdated to April 2022.
However, with inflation soaring above 10% and living costs at an all-time high, the pay award is actually yet another real-terms pay cut for NHS workers. The average experienced frontline nurse is already £6,000 a year worse off now than in 2010.
In stark contrast, MPs were awarded a £2,212 rise this year.
A grave misstep by ministers.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has blasted the rise, warning of the concequences of the low award.
RCN General Secretary and Chief Executive, Pat Cullen, said: “This is a grave misstep by ministers. With this low award, the government is misjudging the mood of nursing staff and the public too.
“There are tens of thousands of unfilled nursing jobs and today ministers have taken the NHS even further from safe patient care.
“Living costs are rising and yet they have enforced another real-terms pay cut on nursing staff. It will push more nurses and nursing support workers out of the profession.
“Our members will vote and tell us what they want to do next. We are grateful for the growing public support, including over strike action.
“The award must be fully funded with additional money. There can be no question of money being taken out of existing NHS budgets.”