All smiles: NHS staff pay rise backed by Unions

Mar 24, 2018, 08:15
All smiles: NHS staff pay rise backed by Unions

The GMB is the only union to recommend rejection of the deal, saying it falls below the expected increase in inflation over the next three years.

Those on the lowest pay band will receive an immediate pay rise of over £2,000 in April, which represents a rise of between 11% to 13% and will bring the lowest full-time salary up from £15,404 to £17,460. The starting salary for a nurse will go up from £22,000 to £24,907.

The deal was formally agreed by ministers and union leaders on Wednesday and will cost £4.2 billion.

The new deal will also see some 1% of health workers getting up to a 29% pay rise.

He pointed to people such as cleaners and porters - who would not have the clinical skills to progress through pay bands.

Health unions will now consult with their members over the pay offer and, if accepted, the pay rise will be received in staff's July wage packets, backdated from April.

Sara Gorton, lead negotiator for the health unions, said: "It won't solve every problem in the NHS but it will go a long way towards making dedicated health staff feel more valued, lift flagging morale and help turn the tide on staffing problems".

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"After all that suffering, is a below inflation pay rise the best they can offer?"

"There had been fears that the condition, described as "mean-spirited" by John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, would have irritated staff and made it harder to retain workers who are already contributing unpaid overtime", the newspaper adds.

The deal, to be rolled out from 1 April, will mean that every NHS worker is paid at least £8.93 an hour - higher than the voluntary living wage of £8.75.

But Janet Davies, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said the announcement was a "significant step in the right direction".

Pay rises will also become more closely linked to performance in an attempt to improve productivity.

Mr Laplana said: "The government has been very clever".

The British Dental Association (BDA), whilst welcoming the deal, has insisted that this should set a precedent for dentists in the future.