Job losses are likely as NHS staff reject offer of national pay freeze

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 17 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d291
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

NHS staff unions have rejected a pay offer from the body that negotiates pay and conditions for the government. The offer would have guaranteed jobs in return for a two year freeze on annual pay increments.

In December NHS Employers wrote to trade unions on the NHS Staff Council proposing that NHS organisations freeze annual incremental pay progression for all groups of staff in England in return for a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies for staff earning up to £34 200 (€40 650; $54 300)—around 80% of the NHS workforce.

This freeze would be irrespective of the fact that all public sector workers earning more than £21 000 a year …

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