NHS workers demand 3.9% pay rise


Unions part ofing nurses and other NHS staff have written to the chancellor to demand a 3.9% pay grow and an extra £800 to make up for the «cut» they have seen in recent years.

Fourteen unions contain joined together to ask for the increase, saying pay has fallen by 15% since 2010 at a go inflation is taken into account.

They said it was unfair pastors had selectively lifted the cap by agreeing a rise for police and prison officers.

The accords have over a million members.

But the British Medical Association, the doctors’ confederation, has not put its name to the letter, which has also been sent to the devolved domains.

In it, the unions argue that increasing pay would help tackle the scarcities of staff being seen in the health service.

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Earlier this year, research by the Regal College of Nursing suggested there were 40,000 posts unfilled — one in nine of the aggregate.

The cost of the pay rise, which the unions want implemented across the UK from next year, whim total £2.5bn.

It comes after ministers agreed to give enforce officers a 1% rise plus a 1% bonus, with lock-up officers getting a 1.7% rise — both funded from breathing budgets.

The health unions, which represent a wide range of club including nurses, midwifes, cleaners, porters, pharmacists, paramedics and dental technicians, asseverated that still represented a pay cut.

Since 2010, pay has been frozen and then beat at 1% for public sector workers.

Unison head of health Sara Gorton phrased: «Health workers have gone without a proper pay rise for far too fancy.

«Their wages continue to fall behind inflation as food and kindling bills, housing and transport costs rise.»

RCN general secretary Janet Davies said it was urgent the money to pay for the rise would have to be found by the Treasury rather than enchanted from the NHS budget.

«When ministers hold pay down, it drives too various nurses out of the NHS,» she added.

A government spokeswoman said: «Public sector craftsmen, including NHS staff, do a fantastic job, and the government is committed to ensuring they can extend to deliver world-class public services.

«The government will continue to guarantee that the overall package is fair while also being affordable to taxpayers as a in one piece.»

She added next year’s pay award would be «discussed and agreed» as yield of the Budget process and through the official pay review bodies and would be «set out in due obviously».

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