‘Nurses have already had a 12.5% pay rise’, claims PM

The news comes after the Health Secretary claimed nurses have already had a “very significant pay rise” in May. 

Matt Bodell
2 September 2020

Mr Johnson’s comments come amid rumours of a public sector pay freeze.

The Prime Minister has been accused of being “selective with his figures” after claiming nurses have already recieved a 12.5% pay rise.

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Mr Johnson told MPs that nurses had already recieved a 12.5% pay rise when questioned on a rumoured public sector pay freeze during Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) earlier today.

He told MPs; “…we have just had an inflation-busting pay rise. Nurses alone as part of the package we agreed in 2018 have had a 12.5% pay increase since then.

In fact, figures suggest the most experienced frontline nurses are £6144 per year worse off due to wages failing to keep up with the rate of inflation (RPI).

The news comes after the Health Secretary claimed nurses have already had a “very significant pay rise” in May. 

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Selective with his figures.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has called out his claims as new research suggests that over a third of the nursing workforce is considering leaving due to poor pay and working conditions.

Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN, said: “Just days after we launch our Fair Pay for Nursing campaign, the Prime Minister is being highly selective with his figures in the Commons.

“Nursing staff will not recognise his claims about their pay – least of all the most experienced and long-serving professionals at the top of their pay band. Nursing staff are worse off now than they were ten years ago.

“Nursing staff are demonstrating their worth this year like never before, and that’s why the Government should look closely at our justification for a 12.5% pay increase this year.”

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