Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Chief Executive and General Secretary Pat Cullen has dubbed the rumoured pay offer an “insult” and would only worsen the current workforce crisis across the sector.
“A pay rise of 4% would be an insult, leaving an experienced nurse more than £1,400 a year worse off. Ministers have a very important choice to make – deliver an above inflation pay rise for the nursing profession or the current exodus of staff will continue, putting more patients at risk,” she explained.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson told the Guardian,“NHS staff received a 3% pay rise last year, increasing nurses’ pay by £1,000 on average despite a public sector pay freeze, and we are giving NHS workers another pay rise this year.
“No decisions have been made and we will carefully consider the recommendations from the independent pay review bodies.”