NHS staff have lost thousands in real pay since 2011, studies find

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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