NHS staff have lost thousands in real pay since 2011, studies find
NHS staff in England have suffered real-terms falls in their pay of up to £2,949 over the last decade, new research by a leading health thinktank shows.
After adjusting for inflation, nurses’ and health visitors’ pay has dropped by £1,583, doctors’ by £779 and midwives’ by £1,813. However, scientific, therapeutic and technical staff have had the biggest cut – of £2,949.
The findings are contained in a Health Foundation analysis of official NHS staff earnings data covering the 10 years from March 2011 to March this year. They come amid a growing row about the government’s decision to award most NHS staff in England a 3% pay rise for this year, and the possibility that health unions may take industrial action after assessing their members’ views.
Some NHS staff have had a real-term rise in income since 2011. The Health Foundation found that ambulance staff now earn £2,767 more, while NHS infrastructure staff are on average £645 better off and those supporting clinical staff have had a tiny £63 rise.
However, overall the 1.2 million staff in hospital and community …
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