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Manager pay hikes show 'seriously warped priorities'

The average pay for nurses working across community and hospital services increased by just 0.5% over the last year, while managerial pay has increased by 3%. 

Figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that the average basic annual wage has increased by 0.7% over the last year and 9.4% since five years ago. 

The largest pay hike was 4.4% for locum hospital practitioners and clinical assistant doctors. Senior managers received a pay rise of 3% on average. 

However, the biggest fall in earnings was for health visitors, who now earn 0.7% less money than last year. 

Qualified nurses and midwives earn just 0.5% more than last year. School nurses saw the biggest increase in wages, at 1.2%. 

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said: “These figures highlight yet another year of real terms pay cuts for hardworking nurses. Many nurses will have seen no increase at all and a paltry 0.5% increase goes nowhere near meeting the level of inflation, which has been as high as 2.8% this year.  

“It adds insult to injury that senior managers have seen their pay increase by six times this amount. While the highest paid are being protected from rising living costs, frontline staff are being left to suffer- these are seriously warped priorities. Many staff will rightly be wondering if their vital work is valued by the government at all.

“The government needs to start treating the staff who are keeping the NHS afloat with respect instead of expecting them to deal with more demand at work and survive on less money at home.”