More than a million NHS staff in line for 6.5% pay rise

More than a million NHS staff in line for 6.5% pay rise

The 6.5 per cent increase will apply to the NHS workers who are at the top of their pay band.

The deal has been formally agreed by leaders of the NHS unions but it must now be voted on by staff.

This is new money from the Government, meaning it is not from the existing ring-fenced NHS budget.

Over the three years, more than 100,000 of the lowest-paid health workers would be in line for wage increases of between 15 per cent (£2,300) and 17 per cent (£2,600).

Thirteen unions have reportedly backed the government's offer, which they praised for ending the pay freezes and 1 per cent pay cap policies that the government introduced in 2010.

NHS workers have been subject to the Government's controversial public sector pay cap for seven years, limited to an annual increase of no more than 1%.

Staff will not be forced to give up a day's holiday in return for their pay rise.

But yesterday he said: "NHS staff have never worked harder and this deal is recognition of that".

Theresa May was criticised during last year's general election campaign when she told a nurse, who had complained during a televised debate that her pay had remained flat since 2009, that there was no "magic money tree" for pay rises. But for a long time there had been speculation that the public sector pay cap would be coming to an end.

More than a dozen trade unions, including Unison and the Royal College of Nursing, "are understood to have drawn up a deal with NHS Employers, the body that negotiates on behalf of the Government", says the Financial Times.

Statistics obtained by the BBC from NHS Digital showed 33,000 nurses walked away in 2017, piling pressure on understaffed hospitals and community services.

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