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Pay settlement next year is not likely to exceed 2%, Johnson says

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39419.525926.DB (Published 06 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1174
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    An acceptable pay settlement for NHS staff next year should be achievable, despite the fact that an increase will probably be only around 2%, the health secretary has said.

    Alan Johnson told MPs last week he was optimistic about the current “difficult” pay discussions taking place.

    Mr Johnson was giving evidence as part of the parliamentary health select committee’s inquiry into public expenditure.

    The committee tackled him on the government’s recent call for a 2% pay rise in 2008-9 for most NHS staff and asked whether pay rises below the rate of inflation were going to be the norm.

    “It depends on how you measure inflation,” …

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