NHS: Pay Rise For More Than A Million – Hunt offers 6.5%

NHS: 1.3 million Get Pay Rise

NHS: Pay Rise For More Than A Million.  Health staff will receive a 6.5% increase over three years. Could be higher for some.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt made the announcement in the House of Commons Wednesday 21 March.

Deal agreed formally by union leaders and ministers and will cost £4.2bn.

Staff will now be asked to vote on the deal, with rises backdated to April if they agree by the summer.

The deal is tiered with the lowest-paid in each job receiving the biggest rise.

The agreement covers all staff on the Agenda for Change contract.  Roughly 1.3m across the UK.  This the entire workforce with the exception of doctors, dentists and senior leaders.

Jeremy Hunt said the cost of the rise would be covered by the Treasury rather than coming out of the NHS budget.

Sara Gorton, lead negotiator for the health unions, said: It won’t solve every problem in the NHS.  But it will go a long way towards making dedicated health staff feel more valued, lift flagging morale and help turn the tide on staffing problems.

According to analysts it has been a long time coming.

Is this a good deal for nurses and others in the health industry?  Let us know in the comment section below. Health staff struggled for some years.

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