The government risks worsening the NHS staffing crisis with its claim to the independent Pay Review Body (PRB) that an NHS pay award of only two to three per cent is all that can be afforded for 2022-23
Today, the Department for Heath and Social Care (DHSC) presented its written evidence to the PRB – a full month after it was due. The evidence claims that an NHS pay award of between two to three per cent is all that can be afforded by the government.
Responding, CSP CEO Karen Middleton says:
The government's position is completely out of touch with what is happening to the cost of living for NHS staff. If this were to be the PRB’s recommendation, it would represent a real-terms pay cut of three to four per cent, based on government’s own inflation projections; this would cause further stress, financial hardship and a feeling of not being valued.
NHS staff have just been through the hardest two years of their working lives and are fundamental to the recently announced Covid-19 Recovery Plan.
A real terms pay cut will do nothing but deepen the serious staffing crisis already facing the NHS.
Alongside fellow health unions, the CSP will continue to make a strong case to the PRB for an above inflation pay rise for our members.
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