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NHS staff feel 'taken for granted'

Health staff put in £1.5 billion of unpaid overtime every year so deserve a decent pay rise, the Government will be told today during protests by NHS workers.

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Union: Workers give '£1.5bn' of unpaid overtime to NHS

The Trades Union Congress, representing 14 health unions, said its research showed that health staff in England were "donating" £1.5 billion worth of unpaid overtime every year.

Unions said that by 2015/16 NHS staff would have had their pay capped for six years.

Pay was frozen in 2011 and 2012, and limited to 1% last year.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Every year, hard-working health service staff put in many extra hours which they don't get paid for.

These efforts save the government a hefty £1.5 billion a year, but even though this unpaid overtime is effectively keeping the NHS going, health service employees increasingly feel that the government is taking them for granted."

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