NHS pay freeze branded 'disgrace'
- Published on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 15:19
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
The proposal floated by NHS Employers that pay for health service employees should be frozen for a third year running was branded as 'a disgraceful attack on hard working staff' by Unite, the largest union in the country.
Unite's head of health Rachael Maskell said: "Reports that the organisation representing all the major health service employers is proposing a pay freeze for a third year is another blow to the living standards and morale of NHS staff.
"It is NHS Employers that has already cut staff and downgraded healthcare professionals as it carries out the government's diktat to find £20 billion of so-called efficiency savings. In essence, NHS staff have seen their pay packets cut drastically in the last two years in real terms, while household bills have soared.
"NHS bosses are wildly out of touch with their own staff. Managers have already instituted massive cuts to staffing levels which are currently adversely impacting on patient care. NHS staff are at breaking point.
"NHS staff have already borne the brunt of the government's policy of making the public sector staff pay for the gross mistakes of the financial elite – Unite will be strongly opposing this policy of blatant unfairness.
"The NHS Employers appear to be trying to launch a pre-emptive attack on the independent Pay Body Review (PBR) process."
Unite has about 100,000 members working in the health service.