Pay rise for nurses: what a new deal might look like

Nurses exhausted by the pandemic could leave in droves unless pay is addressed, unions warn

After a year on the COVID-19 front line, exhausted nurses could leave in droves unless a fair pay deal is negotiated, unions warn

  • With pay talks for NHS staff delayed, the government is facing criticism over its recommendation for a ‘pitiful‘ 1% rise
  • Unions warn that unless a meaningful rise is agreed, many nurses will leave, further exacerbating existing staff shortages and increasing care backlogs
  • What unions have said about possible industriual action, plus the expected timeline for pay negotiations

This article was updated on 23 March 2021

There will be an exodus of ‘exhausted and emotionally drained’ nurses leaving the profession unless they are granted a significant pay rise