NHS Confirms Major Pay Rise To End Seven Years Of Wage Cap

Nurses have voted'overwhelmingly to accept the NHS pay deal

Nurses have voted'overwhelmingly to accept the NHS pay deal

However, it means that more than a million NHS workers - including cleaners, nurses, physiotherapists, paramedics, midwives and radiographers - will see an increase in pay for the first time in nearly a decade. But this three-year pay deal must not be a one-off.

The GMB was the only union rejecting the offer, claiming it amounted to real-term pay cuts for more than half of NHS workers.

They should now get the money in their July pay packets, backdated from April.

The RCN vote on the current deal was open to all members in England with an NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) contract and the result informed a meeting of RCN members elected to its trade union committee, which took the final decision.

The unions met on Friday to report back on their individual consultations, with all but one getting support for the offer.

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: 'After today, the Government can not assume that the thorny issue of NHS pay has been put to bed.

Unions said it meant a significant boost for the lowest-paid staff.

Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: "After today, the Government can not assume that the thorny issue of NHS pay has been put to bed".

"It's a well deserved pay rise".

The Unison union's head of health, Sara Gorton, said: "The agreement won't solve all the NHS's problems overnight, but it will go a long way towards easing the financial strain suffered by health staff and their families over many years".

"The lifting of the damaging one per cent cap on pay will come as a huge relief for all the employers who've struggled for so long to attract new recruits and hold onto experienced staff. Now the government has begun to put right the damage inflicted by its mean-spirited pay policies, staff will be hoping ministers announce an injection of cash for NHS services in time for its 70th birthday next month".

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