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NHS pay 'no new money' letter leaves bitter taste

30 Nov 2021
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GMB Union says today’s NHS PRB remit letter - revealing that the Government has allocated no new money for health workers in England - will leave a bitter taste.

Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer, said:

“Rishi Sunak courted the headlines when he said public sector workers would get a fair pay rise, but the sting of no new money leaves a bitter taste.

“The punishing cost of living and workplace pressures are pushing NHS workers to breaking point. Ministers can find billions for crony contracts, but there is no new money for NHS workers.

“The cost-of-living is at a ten year high while public services are critically understaffed. Neither of these can be addressed without inflation busting pay rises.

“It looks like Sajid Javid is hobbling the Pay Review Body before its work has even begun. Worse still, this insulting letter comes on top of the Government’s plan to force through a real cut in NHS pay this year.

“Enough is enough – it’s time that NHS workers got the real pay rise that they need and deserve.”

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