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NHS payrise 'will not cost the taxpayer more money'

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:

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Unions to consult members on health worker pay offer

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".

Unions: Thursday's health worker strikes suspended

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.

Poll: Health and immigration seen as election priorities

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.

Health overtook immigration as the top election priority in a poll earlier this month Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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.

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