Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner backed calls for a fair pay rise for NHS staff as he met with representatives from UNISON to receive postcards from healthcare workers urging him to support the Union’s One Team 2K pay rise campaign. 

In July, the Government confirmed NHS staff would receive a 3% pay rise backdated to April 2021 after accepting the recommendations of the NHS Pay Review Body and the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration. However, this is not an NHS-wide settlement as it does not cover the health and care workforce who do not fall under the pay review body, including junior doctors, and does not meet the real living wage for the lowest paid NHS workers.

Unison is calling on the Government to give all NHS staff a pay rise of at least £2,000. This would translate to an increase of over £1 per hour for all staff, a minimum of £10.23 per hour – taking the NHS pay floor back above the real Living Wage – and a Band 5 starting salary of nearly £27,000.

Mr Zeichner said: “I support calls for a fair and substantive pay rise for all NHS workers in recognition of the unique and enormous sacrifices they have during the pandemic. As we know, valuing our NHS workforce through fair pay and conditions is crucial to tackling the escalating recruitment and retention crisis. NHS staff are exhausted, facing burnout and deserve more than empty gestures and platitudesThey deserve a pay rise commensurate with their unparalleled service over the last year”. 

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