On 28th March 2017, Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary announced that the NHS Health workers ranging from doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives to cleaners and porters are to receive a 1% pay rise in 2017/2018.
The British Medical Association has warned that a 1% pay rise for NHS Staff will cause “widespread disappointment and anger” among the profession and will “do nothing” to tackle recruitment problems. Public bodies including the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have already slammed the announcement and described the rise as “a bitter blow”.
The pay review suggests the rise had to be set in context with the current 2.3% increase in the cost of living, and previous pay suppression.
The chair of British Medical Association council, Dr Mark Porter said that the doctors’ pay has sharply declined in the past five years, with junior doctors seeing their income drop by 17 per cent. NHS staffs will be frustrated by this decision as it comes during a period when many healthcare staff are working harder than ever before in an environment of rising patient demand, staff shortages and stagnating budgets.
Speaking in Parliament, the health secretary said that the government is delighted to accept its recommendations for a 1 per cent rise to all Agenda for Change pay points from 1st April 2017.
The chief executive of NHS Employers, Danny Mortimer said that the NHS staffs are facing unprecedented financial and service challenges, and managing pay costs remains an important part of meeting these challenges.
He further added that the NHS organisations have developed their financial plans on the basis of a continuation of the government’s ongoing public sector pay policy of 1 per cent pay awards, together with payment of annual increments.
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