It is widely believed that a rise of between 4% and 5% has been recommended.
The new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has been urged to quickly approve an above-inflation pay rise for NHS workers or risk them immediately losing faith in him.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has called upon new Health Secretary Steve Barclay to make the decision quickly in order to build a relationship with “struggling” NHS workers.
NursingNotes is led to believe the Government received the report from the independent NHS pay review body (NHSPRB) last month but is currently delaying any pay announcement.
It is widely believed that a rise of between 4% and 5% has been recommended for NHS workers in England, significantly below the current inflation rate.
Listen and then act.
RCN Chair of Council, Carol Popplestone, explained, “His imminent decision on NHS pay will send the first and greatest signal on the relationship Mr Barclay wants with his health and care workforce. If he doles out another real terms pay cut before his feet are properly under the desk, our professionals will immediately lose faith in him.
“We urge him to listen and then act. Our members face incredible hardship – struggling to pay the bills and going to food banks – and it is in no small part down to a decade of pay cuts by government.
“This dire situation is driving people out of nursing and adding to the staffing crisis. His action in the next few days can begin to turn the tide for these people who give so much of themselves to their work and the nation’s health.”
Mr Barclay was appointed to the role yesterday after Sajid Javid resigned from the role after saying he had lost faith in the Prime Minister’s leadership and believes the Conservative party no longer has the support of the public.
Safeguarding patient safety.
Nurses United UK has been more critical of Mr Barclay’s appointment.
Lead organiser for the group Anthony Johnson added, “I think a look at Steve Barclay’s record speaks for itself. He was the Brexit Secretary when the UK broke international law and has been Boris Johnson’s Chief of Staff during a period of daily stories of corruption and sheer incompetence. Why would we trust him with our NHS given that scoresheet?”
Continuing, “NHS worker’s pay has been cut by a third in real terms since 2010. The UK public have lost their right to safe staffing and their NHS which is being constantly attacked and privatised by this Government.
“That is why, we have to take action, both political and industrial, to safeguard our pay and safeguard our patient’s safety. We’re the people who show up. We’re the people who can bring our NHS back to safety.