Phil Gray, chief executive of the CSP, said:
“This is a very disappointing move that shows contempt for the principle of working together in partnership to produce a fair deal for NHS staff.
“Those hard-working and dedicated professionals have suffered a real-terms pay-cut of up to 12 per cent in recent years and only stood to gain one per cent from April.
“The government should step back from this ill-judged position and allow next year’s pay rise to go ahead.”
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