Staff face another year of hardship, the Unison's head of health said today, after the Government announced that 1.4 million public sector employees will receive a 1% pay rise from next month.
The union reported more health workers, including nurses, are turning to its welfare fund for help to pay for rising fuel bills, debt advice and emergency loans. Christina McAnea said:
What kind of message does it send to health workers about the value this Government places on their work? And what incentive is there for young people to join the NHS when they are so undervalued?
Freezing and squeezing pay is crushing morale and heaping financial misery on more than a million NHS workers.
At the same time, the NHS is going through a massive reorganisation and staff are dealing with job cuts, rationing and ever increasing patient numbers.