19 / 12 / 2014 Midnight
NHS Employers responds to the announcement of new strikes early next year by health unions.
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“NHS staff have received either an increment (worth around 3.4 per cent) or a one per cent pay award this year. Employers are of course disappointed that a number of trade unions will again seek to disrupt the delivery of care, impacting on patients and their families as well as their colleagues.
“This is one of the busiest periods for the NHS. We hope that trade union members will maintain their previous constructive approach, so that the most urgent patients continue to receive the care and treatment they need.
“Discussions continue with trade unions regarding pay, though agreement has, we acknowledge, been difficult to reach. Employers continue to be clear that they cannot afford further increases in pay at this time.
“A pay award for all staff on top of increments would have the equivalent of 14,000 newly qualified nurses, which could have put further pressure on the health service and staff as they strive to give safe, quality patient care.”
Notes for editors:
- The NHS Employers organisation is the recognised body for employers in the NHS, supporting them to put patients first. See www.nhsemployers.org for more information.
- Follow Danny Mortimer on Twitter at @NHSE_Danny and NHS Employers on Twitter at @nhsemployers
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