DoH backs 2.25% nurse pay rise

Next year's pay deal for nurses looks unlikely to be re-opened despite evidence of poor pay and growing stress levels among NHS staff.

Under the three-year deal agreed in 2008, health workers received a 2.75% rise in 2008/9, a further 2.4% in 2009/10 and are due another 2.25% increase in the final year, 2010/11.

Earlier this year, unions threatened to pull out of the deal if inflation rose significantly. But now both the DoH and unions have submitted evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB), arguing that it is not necessary to review next year's 2.25% rise.

The health unions' joint evidence said that, despite current low levels of inflation, staff were ‘still feeling the effect of earlier high inflation'. It said demand on health services was likely to increase during the recession, with higher workloads leading to increased stress.

But although nurses are more dissatisfied with their pay and remuneration than any other aspects of their working lives, it said that ‘NHS pay is not out of step with pay settlements across the public sector'.

The English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish governments' combined evidence to the PRB states that they ‘do not favour reviewing the agreed award for the NHS Agenda for Change workforce in 2010/11'.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

£20 notes spread out

VAT trap for PCNs could strip millions of pounds from general practice

Tens of millions of pounds could be stripped from general practice because work carried...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Is the BMA representing GPs effectively, why GPs face a pension tax hit, and views on the workload crisis

In our regular news review the team discusses representation of GPs, a new survey...

Man sleeping

NICE guidance on insomnia backs app to replace sleeping pills

Hundreds of thousands of people with insomnia could be offered treatment via a mobile...

Health worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine

JCVI backs autumn COVID-19 booster campaign for high-risk adults and NHS staff

Frontline health and social care staff and adults at increased risk of severe illness...

GP consultation

Government accused of 'misleading' claims on general practice workforce

GP leaders have accused the government of making misleading claims about the general...

Consulting room door

LMC calls for enhanced access to be scrapped after abuse forces practice to close reception

A Midlands LMC has backed a practice forced to close its reception desk after abuse...