PM accused of ‘deliberately delaying’ a pay rise for NHS workers

In stark contrast, earlier this month Scotland promised its workers a raise of at least 4%. 

Matt Bodell
30 March 2021
Boris Johnson

The Government told the NHS Pay Review Body that 1% was all it could afford.

The Prime Minister has been urged to “reconsider” the recent 1% pay offer and accused of attempting to “deliberately delaying” a pay rise for NHS workers.

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It comes after the Government told the NHS Pay Review Body that 1% was all it could afford.

In stark contrast, earlier this month Scotland promised its workers a raise of at least 4%. 

A letter sent to Boris Johnson by health unions warns that many NHS staff will be “bewildered” as they contrast the recent pay offer in Scotland with plans for the rest of the UK.

Accusing the government of “deliberately delaying”, the letter reminds the prime minister that unions requested to begin early discussions “on a well-deserved and significant pay award” last July.

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It goes on to ask Mr. Johnson for an urgent meeting in order to find a way forward. The new financial year begins in one week – when a new pay deal should have been in place.

The letter closes: “As representatives of 1.3 million NHS staff, we urge you to reconsider your proposals urgently.

“At your recent Budget, and in the days since, you have demonstrated the government’s priorities for public expenditure lie elsewhere. In the middle of pandemic, this has sent an extremely damaging message to NHS staff at the worst possible time.

“On behalf of NHS staff, we are available to discuss this with you and your officials and help all sides to identify a new way forward at the earliest opportunity.”

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