Government reportedly considering U-turn over NHS pay

With inflation predicted at 1.7%, the Government has experienced cross-party criticism over the below-inflation pay offer. 

Matt Bodell
12 March 2021
Westminster

An increased pay offer of between 2% and 3% is “realistic”.

The Government is reportedly considering increasing its pay offer for NHS workers to between 2% and 3%.

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According to The Times Newspaper, senior ministers are considering a U-turn after previously suggesting a 1% pay rise for NHS workers was all it could afford. 

With inflation predicted at 1.7%, the Government has experienced cross-party criticism over the below-inflation pay offer.

Reportedly it is a matter of “when, not if” the Government announces the increased pay offer.

The source told The Times that ministers were actively considering an increase of more than the 2.1% proposed by the NHS and suggested a rise of between 2% and 3% is “realistic”.

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While there had been suggestions of an increase of 5% they were dubbed “very unlikely”.

Even 3% falls short.

Health unions have been calling upon the Government since June last year to give NHS workers an immediate restorative rise of between 12.5% and 15% amid a decade of real-terms pay cuts.

Nurses United UK have said that even a 3% rise would fall short of what is needed to provide workers a restorative rise.

Anthony Johnson, the lead organiser for the grassroots group, said; “It seems pretty obvious that this Government has realised their suggested 1% pay restraint had been poorly received by frontline NHS workers and their voters.

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“A recent poll suggested that 66% of all Conservative voters support at least a 10% pay rise – this is because everyone knows how important paying a proper wage is to the safety of our NHS.

“All sides of the political spectrum need to wake up to the public mood and decide to invest in a 15% restorative pay rise to bring our NHS back to safety.”

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