NHS Staff to Receive Pay Rise This Summer?

Reports are breaking that NHS staff will begin seeing pay rises in the summer of this year. 

This morning, it is being reported across the media that NHS staff will see the first increases in their pay by autumn. The pay increases are set to take place over a three year period. On average NHS workers will see a six percent pay rise.

A nurse on the bottom tier of Band 5 will see an annual increase of around £1300, before tax. While a nurse on the upper tier of band 5 will see a £1700 increase, before tax.

While some have hailed this as a step in the right direction, others have been quick to highlight the the real terms pay decrease in recent Years. The RCN claim that this has fallen by 14% since 2010. This means that pay has failed to keep up with the increased cost of living.

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The Treasury do not give up cash without getting something in return though. It is thought that the current system of automatic progress through the pay increments will be reviewed. NHS bosses are also under pressure to do more about rates of sickness within the organisation.

33.000 nurses left the profession in 2017, with one sixth stating that pay was a contributing factor in their decision to leave. On the flip side, five sixths didn’t mention it. So, it is clear there are other things negatively impacting nurse retention. The focus on pay may be something of a red herring really. Perhaps we should be talking more about the conditions in which we work. There is no doubt that every nurse expects to be able to afford a reasonable standard of living, but few of us will have joined expecting to become wealthy. While we focus so much on pay, which we concede is very important, do we detract attention from those matters on which we feel aggrieved daily?

From The Author

There is no doubt that any increase is better than no increase, this much is obvious. However, the government and its highly experienced civil servants are not as daft as they look. In my humble opinion, this is nothing more than a side show to attract our attention while very little is done to combat bigger issues regarding the working conditions of nurses. Some will disagree, and that is fine, but the market this as anything other than playing catch up is mathematically and ethically wrong. The deal on no longer progressing through the increments could see us treading water, or again, going backwards.

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