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Unison said a new offer on NHS pay means that more than 250,000 of the lowest paid workers will get a pay rise of between 2.2% and 5.6% next year.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that an NHS payrise, offered as a way of averting strike action by health workers, would not cost the taxpayer any more money:
The deal we've put forward on NHS pay is good news for patients, and I welcome the unions calling off strike action.
We've consistently said we wouldn't agree to anything that risked jobs and patient safety - and the NHS paybill won't increase next year.
But this pay offer gives 1.1m hardworking NHS staff a payrise without costing the taxpayer more money. The lowest paid will get £800 more.
Union leaders have cautiously welcomed a new offer from the Government in an ongoing row over pay.
Unison's head of health Christina McAnea said it "isn't a great offer" but that it would consult its members on the new terms.
The GMB amd Unite unions both said they too would consult members on the new offer.
Dr Peter Carter, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said the "breakthrough" was a "positive start, but there is more to be done".
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Planned strikes by health workers in England and Northern Ireland have been suspended, unions announced today.
It follows new offers made to union leaders in talks with the Department of Health, which are believed to include:
- A consolidated 1% payment for staff up to senior level
- An additional £200 consolidated payment for lower paid staff
- Abolition of the first point on the pay scale, and the second raised to £15,100.
The industrial action had been planned for Thursday and next month in a row over pay.
Health is still seen as the top priority for political parties in the forthcoming general election, according to the results of a ComRes roll for ITV News.
Half of all respondents said health is the most important issue, closely followed by controlling immigration (49%).
Labour (32%) is the party most trusted on the NHS, while Ukip (33%) is the party most trusted to control immigration.
Two in five people (21%) said they trust the Conservative Party most to control immigration - a five percentage point increase since the last poll.