NHS surplus shows below inflation pay rises are unfair, say unions

Unions have demanded better pay rises for staff following the announcement this week that the NHS was on track for a £1.8 billion surplus by the end of 2007/8.

Karen Jennings, UNISON head of health, said: ‘The £1.8 billion surplus shows the NHS is now in a stronger financial position. Patients have the right to expect that this money is spent wisely and ploughed back into patient care.

‘It must also be remembered that the stronger financial position has been achieved on the backs of nurses and other NHS staff. They have contributed through greater efficiency, but there have also been job cuts and below inflation pay awards,' she said.

‘With finance available, it's time to give nurses a decent pay rise instead of holding them to a grossly unfair 2 per cent pay limit.'

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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