Anger over NHS pay announcement

Cotswold Journal: Anger over NHS pay announcement Anger over NHS pay announcement

THE announcement that about 600,000 NHS staff in Worcestershire and across the country will receive only an incremental pay rise have come under fire.

An independent pay review body recommended staff should receive a one per cent pay increase, but the government announced today that only some would be awarded this, meaning many face a fourth year of below-inflation increases.

Trade unions reacted with fury, with Unison accusing the government of “showing contempt” for NHS workers, saying that 70 per cent of nurses will receive no pay rise this year.

National officer Christina McAnea said: "The government has shown complete contempt for the NHS, contempt for staff and contempt for patients and will pay the price at the ballot box.

"Even a straight one per cent increase would be nowhere near enough to meet the massive cost of living increases that NHS staff have had to cope with since 2010.

“Staff are on average, 10 per cent worse off than when the coalition came to power.”

But chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander said all but some of the most senior public sector workers would receive the one per cent increase.

“Public sector workers make a vital contribution to the effective delivery of public services,” he said. “We need to continue with public sector pay restraint in order to put the nation's finances back on a sustainable footing.”

Chief executive of NHS Employers Dean Royles said he understood staff would be disappointed by the announcement but any more pay increases would put too much cost pressure on the already-stretched organisation.

"The simple fact is that the decision to have no annual pay increase for those already eligible for increments will help ensure more that staff remain in employment than would otherwise be the case,” he said.

"More than two-thirds of NHS spending is on staff and increasing all staff pay by one per cent would have cost about half a billion pounds – equivalent to around 14,000 nurses.”

Describing the plans as “yet another body-blow to NHS staff”, director for policy at the Royal College of Midwives Jon Skewes said it amounted to a pay cut.

"Morale in the profession is at rock bottom and this announcement will do nothing to help, indeed it will make it much worse,” he said. “When morale is this low and staff are disaffected they are not able to deliver the best care.

“It is impossible to get the best from staff when they are treated this badly.

“You do not help the NHS by hurting NHS staff."

A spokesman from union GMB said the organisation would be asking its members what action they would like to take going forward.

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10:21am Fri 14 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

I'm angry over the diabolical decades of STATE OBESITY that has robbed us of £100s of billions to the point of FAR BEYOND BANKRUPTCY that got us into this mess... Multiply that by Private OBESE CATS, OBESE BANKING FIAT WALLETS with their GAMBLING ADDICTION and you have the OBESE NATIONAL DEBT from HELL itself...

I feel very sorry for nurses who aren't getting a pay rise but if you want more, I suggest WE ALL RISE UP and take-over all the RICH PRIVATE RESIDENCES and FIRESELL there contents to RUSSIA, CHINA, AMERICA!!
Else tax the rich more (subtly)..
I'm angry over the diabolical decades of STATE OBESITY that has robbed us of £100s of billions to the point of FAR BEYOND BANKRUPTCY that got us into this mess... Multiply that by Private OBESE CATS, OBESE BANKING FIAT WALLETS with their GAMBLING ADDICTION and you have the OBESE NATIONAL DEBT from HELL itself... I feel very sorry for nurses who aren't getting a pay rise but if you want more, I suggest WE ALL RISE UP and take-over all the RICH PRIVATE RESIDENCES and FIRESELL there contents to RUSSIA, CHINA, AMERICA!! Else tax the rich more (subtly).. PrivateSi
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10:24am Fri 14 Mar 14

Casmal says...

Perhaps they should leave and become MHDC councillors, where independent review body recommendations are taken as directions and well above inflation rises awarded accordingly!!
Perhaps they should leave and become MHDC councillors, where independent review body recommendations are taken as directions and well above inflation rises awarded accordingly!! Casmal
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11:12am Fri 14 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

As usual private si is missing the point that these meagre pay increases are but another way to get large parts of the NHS like many other utilities ready for privatisation. And who are the benefactors of privatisation , well not the users / patients / staff, but the Tory Toffs whose grubby little fingers are behind this government.
Perhaps we will see family members, being happily involved in Wind Farming payments of £thousands per day whether electricity is generated or not, and will now move into ex-NHS services generously run down by this government.
And lets not hear about the extra billions being invested, I attend meetings at different levels where there is NO EXTRA MONEY in fact there is NOT ENOUGH FUNDING / STAFF / or FACILITIES. Roll on the elections and lets get rid of these CON-servative FINANCIAL COMMANDOS.
As usual private si is missing the point that these meagre pay increases are but another way to get large parts of the NHS like many other utilities ready for privatisation. And who are the benefactors of privatisation , well not the users / patients / staff, but the Tory Toffs whose grubby little fingers are behind this government. Perhaps we will see family members, being happily involved in Wind Farming payments of £thousands per day whether electricity is generated or not, and will now move into ex-NHS services generously run down by this government. And lets not hear about the extra billions being invested, I attend meetings at different levels where there is NO EXTRA MONEY in fact there is NOT ENOUGH FUNDING / STAFF / or FACILITIES. Roll on the elections and lets get rid of these CON-servative FINANCIAL COMMANDOS. Jabbadad
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11:56pm Fri 14 Mar 14

CHANDBRUSH says...

I thought MPs had to accept their inflation busting pay rise because they cannot ignore independent pay review yet they can ignore public sector pay revue for NHS. . We are all in it together apart from MPs and Bankers. Shows what Dave and his cronies are.
I thought MPs had to accept their inflation busting pay rise because they cannot ignore independent pay review yet they can ignore public sector pay revue for NHS. . We are all in it together apart from MPs and Bankers. Shows what Dave and his cronies are. CHANDBRUSH
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12:04am Sat 15 Mar 14

Casmal says...

Oh yes, they can and do ignore independent pay review bodies (IRPs). The Labour Government did this with teachers and other public sector workers, as well as reneging on their own promises! The IRPs make recommendations. There was nothing to stop the cllrs saying that a rise in our allowances is neither affordable nor fair, so we will not accept it. Indeed, numerous other councils in Worcestershire and Herefordshire have done just that - dismissed the recommendations and frozen their allowances.
But according to Cllr. Hughes, the "silent majority" are the ones that count - they have not spoken out against him, so it must be alright!!!
Oh yes, they can and do ignore independent pay review bodies (IRPs). The Labour Government did this with teachers and other public sector workers, as well as reneging on their own promises! The IRPs make recommendations. There was nothing to stop the cllrs saying that a rise in our allowances is neither affordable nor fair, so we will not accept it. Indeed, numerous other councils in Worcestershire and Herefordshire have done just that - dismissed the recommendations and frozen their allowances. But according to Cllr. Hughes, the "silent majority" are the ones that count - they have not spoken out against him, so it must be alright!!! Casmal
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