1% NHS Pay Award Causes Disappointment Among AHP Professionals
On 28th March 2017, the NHS Pay Review Body announced the one per cent pay rise award for NHS staff in England and Wales.
Following on from the £4 billion pay cuts on NHS staff salaries between 2010-2016, the award means further cuts for millions of NHS staff, in a time where living costs are increasingly on the up.
CSP assistant director Peter Finch said: ‘That this decision was predictable makes it no less disappointing, especially with inflation on the rise for the first time in several years.
A survey for NHS staff in England, published earlier this month, found that a quarter of staff have suffered a work related musculoskeletal condition with those reporting that they feel unwell due to stress at work being at 37%.
‘These stark results show the lengths NHS workers are going to in order to keep delivering quality services for their patients against a backdrop of cuts and reorganisation,’ said Mr Finch.
The figures from the survey, show that these NHS staff are overstretched and undervalued as it is, so by introducing the pay award could cause serious recruitment and retention problems for the health service.