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Staff pay freezes may cease to be method of efficiency saving, says NHS head

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6531 (Published 30 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6531
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Pay freezes for NHS staff are unlikely to continue as a means of achieving mandatory efficiency savings in the NHS, MPs have been told by the head of the NHS in England.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, has voiced his scepticism concerning the ability to maintain significant pay restraint in the NHS if it is to remain a competitive employer. Stevens, appearing before the parliamentary health committee on 28 October as part of its inquiry into public expenditure on health and social care, also disclosed that the NHS was on target to end the current financial year with a small surplus.

MPs focused on the recent Five Year Forward …

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