Significant pay rise needed to avoid demoralised staff leaving the NHS

Soaring inflation has superseded ministers’ miserly pay proposal

Commenting on new figures published by the TUC today (Friday) showing the impact on NHS workers’ wages if the government gives them a pay rise way below the rate of inflation, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“It would be a disaster for the NHS and its patients if the government were to stick to the miserly 3% ministers thought was enough earlier in the year.

“Soaring inflation has made a nonsense of that. Overworked, demoralised and experienced staff need much more if they are to be persuaded to stay and see the NHS through the worst crisis in its history.

“The Prime Minister can no longer say he’s waiting for the pay review body t​o report. He must get on and deliver the above-inflation pay rise the NHS needs if it is to end the lengthening waits for treatment that are causing such misery.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private