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Trade union demands review into 'unfair' NHS pay

The NHS Staff Council has called for an end to the ongoing pay freeze, amid claims many staff are “struggling to keep their heads above water”.  

Recent figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre found that qualified nurses have received just a 0.6% wage increase since 2012, bringing their wage to £30,619. 

Of all the nurses, school nurses saw the largest percentage increase at 1.6% (to £32,613), while health visitors pay fell by 0.3% to £34,284. 

However, senior managers on average received a 1.4% increase, bringing their average wage to £75,759. 

The RCN and other NHS trade unions have asked the Pay Review Body to look into the continuing NHS pay cap, which began in 2006. 

According to the RCN, NHS staff will have suffered a real-terms pay cut of 8-12% by 2014. 

Josie Irwin, joint secretary of the NHS Staff Council said: “Frontline staff continue to work hard providing patient care throughout a period of uncertainty, and on top of this are struggling to cope financially as pay continues to fall behind inflation.

“Claiming that fair wages cannot be afforded, while the latest figures show senior managers have enjoyed substantial pay increases, sends the message to frontline staff that their contributions are not valued, which is bad for staff and bad for the NHS.”

Christina Mcanea, joint chair of the NHS Staff Council said: “We're asking the PRB to investigate the impact of successive pay freezes and ongoing pay caps on NHS workers, because this is important for patients. The evidence is clear - supporting and investing in staff makes a real difference to patient outcomes.”