NHS staff pay boost reports are ‘speculation’ claims Government

Posted on Mar 10 2018 - 12:36pm by admin

Staff were expected to be asked to give up a day’s paid holiday in return for the £3.3billion deal, it was claimed.

A Number 10 spokesman declined to confirm or deny the offer. “Negotiations are still ongoing,” the spokesman said.

“No deal has been done yet. The reports are speculation.”

The leaked document said all staff on the NHS’s Agenda for Change contract were in line for the pay hike.

Only doctors, dentists and some senior managers are excluded from the contract.

The Treasury and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will put forward plans which will see non-medical NHS staff receiving a 3 per cent pay rise next financial year and 1-2 per cent in the next two years, the document said.

Other staff would also see their pay rise with the scrapping of the 1 per cent cap on salary increases, it added. Government negotiators have said the forfeiture of the one day of annual leave is a “red line”, according to the paper. The DHSC last night said the department does not comment on leaks.

In his last Budget in November, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced an end to the pay freezes or 1 per cent caps.

Mr Hammond was expected to announce the pay rise at next week’s financial statement in the Commons but was apparently abandoned due to sticking points in the negotiations.

However, officials in the 14 health unions involved in the talks are said to be optimistic that a deal is close. If it goes ahead, it would be the first significant pay hike for NHS staff since 2010 when George Osborne froze public sector pay in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

Professor Anita Charlesworth, director of research at the Health Foundation, said: “The NHS needs urgent action to turn around nurse recruitment and retention.

“One in 10 nursing posts are unfilled and an increasing number of staff are leaving.”

Calling for more support for nurses, she added: “However, pay is not a panacea. Nurses report that two of the most important factors causing them to leave are worries about quality of care and lack of work-life balance.”

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