NHS: Pay

Department of Health written question – answered on 24th April 2017.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of NHS pay levels and rates of pay increase on staff (a) retention and (b) morale.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

Successive Governments have relied on the independent Pay Review Bodies; the NHS Pay Review Body and the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration to make recommendations on the level of pay for National Health Service staff. The Review Bodies consider written and oral evidence about the recruitment, retention and motivation of NHS staff, put to them by Government, NHS employers, NHS Trade Unions and other stakeholders.

Based on that evidence the Review Bodies prepare reports for government which make recommendations on the level of pay award that will enable the NHS to continue to recruit, retain and motivate the staff it needs. The reports consider carefully a range of issues including affordability of the workforce and the prevailing public sector pay policy.

On the 28 March this year the Government accepted the Pay Review Bodies’ recommendations for a 1% pay increase for all NHS staff for 2017/18, that will be in addition to incremental pay for those staff that are eligible.

Staff satisfaction with pay remains unchanged since 2015. The staff engagement score recorded by the NHS staff survey has reached an all time high of 3.79/5 since it was first recorded in 2012.

The Department is taking action to increase the supply of trained staff available to work in the NHS and wider health and care system. Since 2010 there are over 11,200 more doctors and over 12,100 more nurses on our wards.

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