08 / 7 / 2015 4.04pm
Commenting on today's budget in which the Chancellor confirmed the NHS will receive an extra £8 billion by 2020/21, Daniel Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:
“We welcome the Government’s commitment and confirmation of additional funding for the NHS.
“Patients and employers want to see improved and better seven-day services, and what we urgently need to consider is the workforce and pay and contract reform required to support this, especially for medical staff.
“In continuing with the work to reform terms and conditions of service in and across the NHS, we now look forward to the publication of reports and the observations from the pay review bodies. Following publication we will be urgently seeking to speak with our trade unions, to ensure we continue to work in partnership to progress pay reforms and service improvement across the NHS.
“Our discussions will now need to be set against the context of today’s announcement from the Government of continued public sector pay restraint and we recognise that these discussions are now likely to be more difficult.”