Pay award fails to value NHS staff, says managers' union

Tue 08 Mar 2016

MiP responds to today's report from the NHS pay review body

Responding to today's announcement by the UK government that it was accepting the recommendations of the NHS Pay Review Body, MiP chief executive, Jon Restell, said:

'A pay award of 1% from 1 April fails to value the contribution of NHS staff, because it does not make up the loss of real terms earnings after five years of pay restraint and higher pension contributions.'

'The chancellor's pay policy shackles the pay review body and leaves it unable to respond to the growing problems of retention and motivation throughout the UK.'

'The agency bill, set to approach £4 billion this year, is one of the costs of the pay policy and its negative impact on motivation and retention of staff.'

'It is also profoundly disappointing that the governments in England and Northern Ireland have decided not to join Scotland and Wales in paying the living wage.'

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