Nurses’ pay in England to fall 7% in a decade even after government pay offer

Pay will have fallen 7% since 2010 for nurses and other NHS staff in England, even if they accept the latest 3% offer from the government, according to new analysis by the TUC.

The TUC has produced figures that show remuneration for nurses, community nurses, medical secretaries, speech therapists, physiotherapists, paramedics and radiographers will have dropped by between 7.3% and 7.6% in real terms in just over a decade, even after factoring in the 3% rise offered last week.

The Royal College of Nursing, which represents 450,000 nurses, is to consult its members next month for their views on the offer and, if they are overwhelmingly negative, may proceed to an “indicative ballot”, opening up the possibility of some form of industrial action. A senior RCN source said that while this was a remote possibility, it was “not completely off the table”.

Full story in The Guardian, 25 July 2021