Urgent Question on NHS staff pay

21 March 2018

Jonathan Ashworth, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, asked an Urgent Question in the House of Commons on NHS staff pay.

The Question was responded to by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Mr Jeremy Hunt, who described increases in NHS pay saying that the lowest starting salary in the NHS will increase by more than £2,500, from £15,404 this year to £18,040 in 2020-21, and a newly qualified nurse will receive starting pay 12.6%—nearly £3,000—higher in 2020-21 than this year. 

Jonathan Ashworth pressed the Secretary of State on how these pay rises will be paid for, he also asked whether he can guarantee that staff will not face a real-terms pay cut in any single year of the deal.

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