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NHS pay cap is barrier to recruitment and retention, unions warn

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 19 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2965
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers
  1. arimmer{at}

The public sector pay cap is preventing the best people from being recruited and retained by the NHS, health unions have warned.

In a letter sent to prime minister Theresa May on 19 June, 16 organisations representing NHS and public sector staff warned that the pay cap had forced professionals out of their jobs.1 “Those who stay are overstretched and under pressure to do ever more with less,” the letter said.

The news comes after England’s health secretary Jeremy Hunt said that he had “sympathy” for calls to increase NHS pay and that he would put the case for lifting the …

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