Mar 9, 2021

Pay rise was set to be 2.1% - NHS England chief Simon Stevens

Health workers had been in line for a 2.1% pay rise before the pandemic, the head of NHS England has confirmed. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: "The head of the NHS has confirmed what we already knew: the Conservatives have broken their promise to the NHS and are cutting nurses' pay." He told an audience at the IPPR think tank that the 1% pay award was "Morally obnoxious" and was "Only going to exacerbate the under-staffing issues we have in the NHS". Ministers will make their final decision in May after the independent panel makes its own pay recommendations. The Scottish government has announced that 2021-22 pay negotiations will be delayed until the summer - staff have been given an "Interim" pay rise of 1%, which will form part of the new settlement. NHS workers in Northern Ireland were promised a one-off £500 "Special recognition" payment in January; and the Welsh government has said it will not set a "Ceiling" of 1% on NHS pay rises for 2021-22..

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