April is the normal time for NHS pay rates to increase. But it has come and gone and NHS staff have seen no increase to their basic pay.
It is over 250 days, last August, since we wrote to the Prime Minister urging him to settle the pay round early with a £2,000 increase to every pay point in the NHS.
But he didn’t do that. Worse, he delayed. The late start means the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) is not expected to deliver its report until end of June with government decisions coming sometime after that.
But we don’t want to wait. Developments in Scotland, where UNISON NHS members have accepted an offer from the Scottish Government, have shown that the Prime Minister can, at any time, end the needless delays to this pay round and find the investment for a meaningful pay rise for NHS staff in England.
We’re working to mobilise maximum public pressure on the government to change its 1% position, stop the delaying tactics and fund the pay rise staff deserve and the service needs.
That’s why we are campaigning on hospital treatment times and asking for your help in getting your MP to make the link between retaining NHS staff and helping reduce patient waiting times. We need a decent pay rise to encourage staff to stay, and you have told us a decent pay rise now could make all the difference. You can read the full details, and results of our member consultations, in our formal pay claim.
When we get a formal outcome on NHS pay in England we will contact you to ask what we should do next. Please make sure your contact details are up to date, and ask your colleagues to do the same.
Posted on Monday, May 17th, 2021 in Latest News.