Thank you for your correspondence sent through the campaigning organisation 38 Degrees regarding NHS pay.
NHS health and care staff have been working tirelessly throughout this crisis, making hard sacrifices and putting their own lives at risk on the front line. They are playing an integral part of the national effort to combat coronavirus and it is only right that their efforts should be rewarded. I am pleased with the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock's, comments that he will make sure that staff across the healthcare system get a fair reward.
How we value and retain our staff is critical and the Government's support for frontline staff predates this unprecedented challenge. The new pay deal saw a 6.5 per cent pay rise for over one million NHS workers over three years. This will benefit not just nurses, but all staff on the Agenda for Change pay scale. Ministers set aside £800 million to support the deal for 2018/19, and the Government’s long term funding settlement for the NHS, which will provide increased funding of £33.9 billion per year in real terms by 2023/24, will fund the pay rise over the remaining two years.
Those on the lowest salaries in the NHS will see some of the largest proportionate pay rises: the lowest NHS starting salary will increase year on year from £15,404 to £18,005 in 2020/2021. Many nurses and healthcare assistants will receive pay increases of at least 25 per cent. You can find the pay scales here https://www.nurses.co.uk/careers-hub/nursing-pay-guide/#what-is-the-new-pay-deal
The Government is committed to supporting all nurses now and in the future, particularly during this crisis, and are committed to giving them the additional support they need throughout it. This includes removing the fees that overseas health and care staff who migrate to the UK pay to use NHS services.
Please also find below my oral question to the Chancellor of the Dutchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, during Topical Questions on 11 June, and his response:
In order to save lives, the covid crisis has actually seen the Government take, I think, the most difficult decision—to deprive people of their freedom—since the second world war. Now, as central Government take a strategic lead to set out the road to recovery, would my right hon. Friend agree with me that the real heroes of the piece are local people, charities and public services, such as the new Buckinghamshire Council and the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and should they not be recognised for their amazing work, which has brought out the best in our society and helped everyone?
Answer - Michael Gove:
My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. I know that people in Chesham and Amersham, and elsewhere in Buckinghamshire, have benefited from her advocacy and from the energetic work of the local authority. She is right that we will, in appropriate time, need to recognise the commitment of those in civil society and elsewhere. I know that her championing of their cause has been heard in other parts of Government, and more will follow later in order to recognise exactly the validity of the argument she makes.
Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP
Member of Parliament for Chesham and Amersham
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