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DH has 'sufficient funding' for small pay rise for NHS staff


The Department of Health has said nurses and other healthcare staff could get a small increase in their basic pay next year, despite employers’ calls for an extension of the pay freeze.

The DH said in its evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body last week that it had made allowance for an average basic pay increase of 1%.

The pay review body will recommend later this year whether there should be an increase in basic Agenda for Change pay scales over the next financial year and, if so, by how much.

In its submission to the review body the DH stated: “The government has provided sufficient funding for the NHS to support an average annual headline pay increase of up to 1% for NHS staff in 2013-14 and invites the PRB to make recommendations on how this might best be distributed.”

The DH said the review body could recommend pay rises of more than 1% for some staff groups but the overall rise must not exceed this figure.

However, it argued there was a strong case for continued pay restraint across the public sector, noting that 60% of staff on Agenda for Change would receive incremental pay rises averaging 3.5%.

The DH also claimed that “recruitment, retention, morale and motivation remain strong”. This is contrary to the evidence submitted by unions, which said a third of staff had very seriously considered leaving the NHS.

As part of its analysis the DH also said the need for savings continued to put pressure on the NHS and said going forward “reductions in clinical posts cannot be ruled out”.

NHS Employers, which represents trusts and other health service organisations, has argued for no increase in basic pay in its evidence to the review body. Its director Dean Royles said: “We recognise high quality services depend on having committed and motivated staff and I would love to be in a different position.

“The harsh reality is that the NHS simply cannot afford to increase pay scales as well,” he said. “If pay levels do increase next year it will inevitably put further pressure on patient care and could affect job security.”


Readers' comments (11)

  • the harsh reality is that there is no money, staff are of little concern to the NHS so that is where they make the biggest financial cuts. They don't care about us.

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  • they are not going to pay us anything...the tory wasters need the money to pay their mates and bankers their bonus..

    dont forget "where all in this together"!!!

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  • The government need to shut down the south west pay cartel and remind them it is the NATIONAL health service, not local health service, and we should get a pay rise when the current freeze ends. There is enough money wasted on things other than pay, and threatening us with job losses every time they think it is time to not pay us any more is despicable.

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  • tinkerbell

    'in war there are rules, in mud wresting there are rules, in politics there are no rules'- quote Ross Perot.

    Made a lot of sense to me the way things have gone with this unelected government. If they can flout the law what chances have we got?

    It's all just more lip service in my opinion to keep us sweet a bit longer until they hit us again with another load of cutbacks. This shower cannot be trusted no matter what they say.

    Why wait, if they mean what they say give us the pay rise NOW!

    A little less conversation, a little more action please. Put your money where your mouth is Condems.

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  • Scare tactics from the government!
    They are waiting to see what the reaction will be, and how it will be reported by press and media cronies.

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  • Hmm, might that rise be in the range something close to the NMC fee rise?

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  • People are missing the point here - it is the Government recommending that we could have a pay rise, and NHS Employers who are saying we shouldn't!! While 1% is not sufficient, and the Government have added caveats, we really need to be able to read and assimilate information before sounding off. Also we should note that the person leading the south west Pay Cartel is also a leading light in NHS Employers....

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  • Soth West Pay cartel
    We had the head of the RCN in my trust recently, for a bit of a Q & A session. I asked him straight off that if the cartel was successful in renegeing on AFC would he ballot the members on strike action. His reply was that nurses wouldn't go on strike, and he refused to be drawn on strike action!
    Those of you that can need to retire now, because your last 3 years of wages will be rock bottom. Perhaps if all the splitters had stood up over the pensions then we wouldn't be here, but the Gov. had a good confidence trick by promising them that those with 10 years of retirement can carry on in todays pension scheme. What they didn't tell you that they were going to decrease your wages so that your pension will still be crap! Double whammy!

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  • Thank you, anonymous 9:11 for the reminder about the NHS Employers - I will look at their website now. But we need to remember that whoever pays the piper calls the tunes! How independent is this group? How often does the PRB get ignored?

    Paddy, there are plenty of "work to rule" activities that fall short of full strikes.

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  • 9:11, I wuldn't credit the government with any compassion here , I would suspect it's actually more naked politicking. Don't forget the PM and mates are PR boys and girls, much used to shadow puppetry.

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