Pay and jobs boost needed immediately for social care and NHS staff, says UNISON   

Christina McAnea says government must act now to raise morale among workers

Commenting on the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC’s) annual assessment of the state of health and social care in England, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“Social care is undervalued and underfunded – staff need a new deal as the CQC highlights. A national care service that mirrors the NHS would banish bargain-basement wages and profit-making.

“A pay and jobs boost is needed both in social care and the NHS. This would help raise morale, which is plummeting fast among workers as Covid cases soar.

“The Prime Minister must act now to ensure hospitals, health centres and care homes are in the best possible position to fill vacancies in the long winter ahead.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is asking the government for an increase of at least £2,000 to every point on the NHS salary scale. This would take minimum earnings in the NHS up from around £18,000 to £20,005 (£20,478 in Scotland) and restore NHS compliance with the real living wage across the UK. The £2,000 would be worth 8% for a newly qualified band 5 worker eg a nurse, paramedic or IT manager and would take their annual salary to £26,907 (£27,100 in Scotland).
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members – including an estimated 200,000 disabled workers – 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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