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Public back ‘significant’ NHS pay rise, Unison survey finds

More than two thirds think nursing staff should receive wage increase this year
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More than two thirds think nursing staff should receive wage increase this year

The public back a pay rise for all NHS staff before the end of the year, a poll suggests.

More than two thirds (69%) of respondents to a survey by Unison said all NHS employees should be awarded a raise during 2020.

Protests over exclusion from public sector pay rise

The unions poll of 2,085 British adults, carried out between 17 and 19 July, also reveals that two thirds believe any wage increase should be significant, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The findings come as some NHS workers prepare to take part in demonstrations across the UK calling for wage increases for all staff.

The protests have been organised after those on Agenda for Change contracts all NHS staff, with the exception

More than two thirds think nursing staff should receive wage increase this year

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The public back a pay rise for all NHS staff before the end of the year, a poll suggests.

More than two thirds (69%) of respondents to a survey by Unison said all NHS employees should be awarded a raise during 2020.

Protests over exclusion from public sector pay rise

The union’s poll of 2,085 British adults, carried out between 17 and 19 July, also reveals that two thirds believe any wage increase should be significant, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The findings come as some NHS workers prepare to take part in demonstrations across the UK calling for wage increases for all staff.

The protests have been organised after those on Agenda for Change contracts – all NHS staff, with the exception of doctors, dentists and most senior managers – were excluded from the public sector pay rise announced on 21 July.

The Unison survey found that just one in ten people think healthcare staff should have to wait until April for a rise.

‘Bring forward the NHS pay round to stop nurses leaving’

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Sara Gorton Picture: Barney Newman

Unison head of health Sara Gorton said: ‘It’s clear the public backs an early increase and to ignore them would be at the government’s own peril.’

Ms Gorton said a pay rise for NHS staff would help boost the economy as they will spend the extra money locally.

‘Enough of hands together, people want to see hands in pockets – and now,’ she added.

Commenting on the poll, RCN general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair said asking NHS staff to wait for a pay rise until 2021 is unacceptable and the government must bring forward the NHS pay round.

‘Worryingly, our recent survey of nursing staff showed that more than a third were considering leaving the profession, with pay cited far more than any other reason,’ she said.

Department of Health and Social Care says staff ‘fairly rewarded’

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care said it is committed to supporting the NHS and social care workforce.

‘We are incredibly grateful for all their hard work and dedication during the pandemic and we will continue to ensure all staff are rewarded fairly,’ they said.

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