The numbers behind NHS pay

How does pay affect staffing levels? How does staffing affect patient care? A look at what the stats tell us about NHS pay

UNISON is currently leading the union side of the talks with the Westminster government in an effort to resolve the long-running pay dispute.

But even though the government has finally agreed to talk to unions, there’s still a long way to go until the current dispute is resolved.

And while pay is seen as the defining feature of this industrial action, there’s frequently a lack of understanding of how pay affects staffing levels which ultimately affects patient care across the NHS.

Tap through the stats below to find out why we are where we are.