Talks on three-year pay deal for NHS staff 'positive'

From BBC - March 8, 2018

NHS chiefs and health unions in England are understood to be close to agreeing a three-year pay deal.

Talks on an award for all health staff - except for doctors and dentists - are said to be constructive and going well.

The government has already said it would scrap the 1% cap on public sector pay, with the chancellor indicating more funding for higher wages.

Health unions are keen to negotiate a pay deal well above the cap imposed by ministers in recent years.

But BBC health editor Hugh Pym says he understands that the Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS Employers - the group representing healthcare bosses - are concerned about recruitment problems and ready to agree an award that makes up some of the lost ground.

It is believed that there have been positive talks between the two sides and a deal is not far off.


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