I have been touched by the heroic actions of our NHS staff across Broxtowe and the country and I understand that many constituents feel that NHS workers should receive a pay rise.
I am very happy that a new deal will see a 6.5% pay rise for over one million NHS workers over three years. 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 enjoy pay increases of at least 2.5 per cent.
I fully support the mission to make the NHS the highest quality healthcare system in the world. There are over 14,000 more doctors and over 13,000 more nurses on our wards since 2010.
In Broxtowe we are incredibly proud of our NHS and that it has once again been rated the best healthcare system in the world. This is thanks to the dedication and hard work of all NHS staff.