The government today announced that doctors and nurses will get 3 per cent pay hike.
Ministers initially awarded the pay hike after only proposing a 1 per cent increase, which was ridiculed by NHS staff.
The Department of Health estimates that the average nurse will spend an additional £1,000 each year, with an additional £540 for hospital cleaners.
GPs, consultants, paramedics and dentists are also involved in the 3 percent uptick.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “NHS staff are receiving pay increases this year despite extensive public sector pay breaks in recognition of their extraordinary efforts.”
And Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Our NHS staff have been heroic throughout the pandemic, providing care and saving lives.
“He is receiving a 3% salary increase this year to recognize the extraordinary contribution he has made.”
But that’s unlikely to wash out with medical unions – some of whom are pushing for a 12 percent increase.
The Royal College of Nursing described the announcement as “shameful”.
In a statement, RCN’s Interim Secretary General and Chief Executive Pat Cullen said: “After an embarrassing day, comes an embarrassing announcement.
“When the Treasury expects inflation to be 3.7 per cent, ministers are deliberately cutting wages by more than £200 in real terms for an experienced nurse.
“Hospitals and other parts of the NHS are struggling to recruit nurses and health support workers.
“The government has been warned that many more people are on the verge of leaving.
“With today’s decision, ministers have made it even more difficult to provide safe care to patients.”
Unison Secretary General Christina McNea said the pay award was “an improvement” over the government’s “earlier, badly-off 1 percent offer”.
She added: “But the increase is not what NHS staff deserve after the last 16 months.”
After an embarrassing day, comes an embarrassing announcement.
And the GMB union said the offer of an “outrageous” 3 percent pay hike was “secretly passed out as lawmakers are packing for the summer holidays”.
GMB national official Rachel Harrison said: “Hospital and ambulance services are under extreme pressure due to increased demand and staffing shortages.
“Now, instead of focusing on the welfare of the employees they are being advised to enter the workplace against the advice of self-isolation and now given this apparently appalling pay offer.
“It was an opportunity for the government to convert their clap into real recognition.
“Their response is negligible. They have failed spectacularly.
“NHS workers know their worth and therefore shame the public – the government which does not.”
Tonight’s update came after Care Minister Helen Whatley oddly failed to announce to lawmakers in the first Commons despite being widely briefed.
Labour’s shadow health minister, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, rebuked the minister for making a statement that “nothing came out”.
Although the NHS pay-review body recommends salaries, the Department of Health makes the proposal and ultimately makes a decision.
In March then Health Secretary Matt Hancock said a 1 percent increase was “affordable” in light of the unprecedented pandemic spending.
Medical unions called it a wage cut in real terms as inflation increased by 2.5 percent.
The Royal College of Nursing has also campaigned for an increase of 12.5 percent.