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Ministers from Scotland and Wales have pledged to invest additional money they receive from the UK government into NHS staff wages, following the announcement of pay proposals on Wednesday.
The current “staffing crisis” in the NHS has been a major driver behind the new pay deal, with hopes it will boost recruitment and retention of nurses, say those involved in devising the framework.
The new NHS pay deal unveiled today is “the best possible deal we could negotiate”, according to the Royal College of Nursing’s associate director for employment relations.
Nurses and other NHS staff on the Agenda for Change contract in England are to be offered an average 6.5% pay rise over three years, with many staff set to receive more than this under proposals revealed today.
Chancellor Philip Hammond has reiterated that the 1% cap on public sector pay rises has been scrapped but said he wanted to see any new deal “tackle” some the health service’s challenges.
NHS nurses and other staff in the health service could be set to receive a 6.5% pay increase over a period of three years if they sacrifice a day of holiday, according to reports.
The director of nursing at an NHS regulatory body and a nurse peer have stressed more funding for continuing professional development (CPD) is needed to help stop nurses from leaving their jobs – and also changes to nurse wage rises.
One in seven children with a parent working in the public sector will be living in relative poverty by April, according to analysis by a trade union body.
Pay talks have reached a point where the Department of Health and Social Care believes that nurse pay should increase but the Treasury still needs convincing that any rise in wages should be “meaningful”, the head of the Royal College of Nursing has revealed.
The government has said it wants the next pay award for nurses and other Agenda for Change staff to “recognise their hard work” but that the overall package must be “fair and also affordable”.