Many thanks for contacting me about NHS pay.
The passion, commitment, and specialist knowledge of our NHS staff is part of what makes our NHS so special. Front line NHS workers played a vital and unique role throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and I know we are all grateful for their dedication. I am glad that the recommendations of the independent NHS Pay Review Body and the Review Body for Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration were accepted last year, meaning NHS staff received a three per cent pay rise when pay was frozen in the wider public sector.
This year, NHS workers will receive another pay rise. The level of the uplift will once again be determined by the recommendations of the independent Pay Review bodies. No decisions will be made until recommendations have been received later in the year. I believe that the uplift should be proportionate to pay rises in the wider economy, and take the wider economic context into account including inflation. It also needs to balance rewarding hard-working workers with ensuring that front line services can still be delivered while tackling the Covid-19 backlogs and growing the NHS workforce.
The Government looks to the independent Pay Review Bodies for their recommendation on the remuneration of NHS staff. Last year, this resulted in a pay rise for staff. Additional payments are not being considered.
I share the Government’s commitment to making the NHS the best place to work for all staff and wholeheartedly support the commitment to building a bigger, better trained NHS workforce. Hundreds of millions of pounds of additional funding will be provided over the next four years underpinning the training of undergraduate intakes of medical students and nurses and supporting new midwives and allied health professionals.
I can assure you that I will continue to play my part in ensuring that we support all those in our health service who are working tirelessly to care for patients. Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
29 June 2022