Health unions call for above-inflation pay rise

The CSP, along with other health unions, have jointly published The Case for NHS Pay calling for an above-inflation pay rise in 2024-25.

It makes clear the economic arguments for investing in NHS pay and the need for a funding commitment to support the delivery of the NHS long-term workforce plan. 

CSP assistant director Elaine Sparkes said: ‘NHS staff need an above-inflation pay rise to begin to address the years of cuts that have had such a detrimental effect, especially during the cost of living crisis. 

‘The lack of fair pay has also exacerbated the workforce crisis at a time when the NHS can least afford to be so short of staff. 

‘An above-inflation pay rise would help recruit and retain the staff the NHS desperately needs and if the government wants to make a dent on the record waiting lists, then they must listen to what health unions are saying.’ 

Alongside this the CSP has submitted evidence to the Pay Review Body (PRB) which you can read here.  This sets out the importance not only of a fair pay rise, but also of the need to tackle a range of issues to support the recruitment and retention of staff within physiotherapy services and across the workforce.  

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has requested that the PRB provide their report and recommendations for the Agenda for Change workforce in May 2024. 

The CSP and other health unions will respond to the PRB recommendations and subsequent government proposals once published. 

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