Saturday 6 March 2021 / 9:28 AM Jonathan Ashworth

Labour reveals thousands of NHS heroes will be hundreds of pounds worse off next year under Government recommendations

Labour reveals thousands of NHS heroes will be hundreds of pounds worse off next year under Government recommendations 

 

Research by the House of Commons Library for the Labour Party shows that Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and other clinicians are set to be hundreds of pounds worse off in real terms every month if the Government’s recommendations of a 1 per cent pay increase are implemented.

 

The figures show that, under a 1 per cent pay increase, the basic starting salary of a Band 5 nurse is £174 a year less in real terms.

  • For a band 6 nurse with 5 years experience in the role, the 1 per cent pay rise equates to a cut of £236 a year in real terms
  • For a highly specialist occupational therapist, physio or health visitor, with seven years experience, their basic salary is £312 less in real terms
  • For doctors, a new NHS consultant will be £572 worse off every year once inflation is taken into account.
  • For the most experienced consultants with over a decade of experience, the real terms impact of this pay increase will be over £680 a month less

 

Commenting, Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary said: 

“Boris Johnson is cutting the pay of our hardworking brave NHS staff in the middle of a devastating pandemic.

 

“Sneaking out this pay cut in the small print was cowardly and shameful.

 

“Yet again it shows you simply can’t trust the Tories with NHS.”