Pay is key to persuading staff to stay in the NHS

New research shows extent of health staff applying for work outside the service

Commenting on new analysis analysis by researchers at the University of Bath published today (Thursday) showing the extent to which NHS are looking for work outside the health service, UNISON head of health Helga Pile said:

“When some NHS workers are earning just a penny more than the minimum wage, it’s little wonder many don’t feel like staying.

“Supermarkets are paying higher rates and can offer staff discounts and much less stressful jobs.

“But a prompt and decent pay rise could persuade demoralised staff to stay so vacancies don’t worsen.

“Proper investment in the NHS would also help relieve some of the pressure and ensure patients get quality care.”

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 sectors.

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