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Nurses in England and Wales are believed to be considering industrial action over a “horrendous” proposal for a 3 per cent NHS wage increase, a union has warned.

It was said in March by the Department of Health and Social Care that only a 1 per cent increase was affordable – before the independent NHS wage review body recommended raising it to 3 per cent, which the government accepted.

RCN’s England director Patricia Marquis said nurses were “really angry and upset” over the pay award, which the union claims amounts to a pay cut, noting inflation. “We will discuss with them what the next steps might be, which of course may include consideration of industrial action,” she told BBC 2’s Newsnight.

Meanwhile, ministers will announce today deliberations on what will be inherited red tape during Britain’s time as a member of the European Union. Brexit minister David Frost, who negotiated the withdrawal agreement, said the proposals marked “the first time in a generation” that British politicians were “free to enforce the rules that put the UK first”.

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Nurses consider action over ‘horrific’ 3% NHS pay hike

Following the government’s announcement of a 3 per cent NHS pay hike, the main nursing union is to consult with members on possible action, which the Royal College of Nursing has called the equivalent of a cut after taking inflation into account.

The Department of Health said the increase would be an additional £1,000 per year for the average nurse in England, while many porters and cleaners would receive around £540.

This equates to a significant improvement over the government’s initial offer of just 1 per cent for NHS staff after a year in which they have been under intense pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic. But while it is higher than the current rate of inflation, the RCN – which had demanded 12.5 per cent – said it would soon lag behind the expected rise in prices in the coming months, further worsening the condition of nurses.

our political editor Andrew Woodcock Report:

Nurses consider action over ‘horrific’ 3% NHS pay hike

The Department of Health says an increase of £1,000 per year for the average nurse, after increasing the offer to 1% below initial inflation

Sam Hancock22 July 2021 07:59
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good morning and welcome independentRolling coverage of Brexit and all things UK politics. It is set to be a busy day as NHS nurses are considering the government’s offer of a 3 per cent pay hike, so stay tuned.

Sam Hancock22 July 2021 07:48

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