Here’s how much NHS pay has fallen due to the Conservative public sector pay cap

For information. This is highly topical in the light of recent comments by Tory MP Eddie Hughes.

The damage inflicted on the living standards of NHS staff by the Government’s pay freezes and caps has been underlined by new figures, which show the average health worker enduring a real terms cut of almost £2,000 over the past seven years.

The figure, highlighted by the GMB union, will intensify the pressure on the Government to lift the 1 per cent public sector pay cap, for all public sector workers.

The median average salary of all NHS staff in June 2017 was £31,526 a year, according to data from the health service released on Thursday.

That compares with a like-for-like figure of £29,132 in August 2010.

Consumer price inflation has risen by 15 per cent over that period, translating into a real terms cut for these workers of £1,985 a year.

Yet the average conceals that some NHS workers have suffered still bigger real terms reductions in pay.

The pay of ambulance staff is down £5,286 in real terms and for midwives it is £3,504 lower.

Read more: Public sector pay cap: NHS staff real income cut by almost £2,000 over seven years of wage squeeze

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3 thoughts on “Here’s how much NHS pay has fallen due to the Conservative public sector pay cap

  1. Stu

    As the Tory Government have been punished by the corporate community by having their credit rating reduced, I can’t see much changing,
    Moody’s said the government had “yielded to pressure and raised spending in several areas” including health and social care.
    A gloomy report from the BBC shows that the government really are in trouble.

    Tory voters essentially voted for “more of the same” in the recent election and given May’s Brexit speech, thats what we will get until at least 2021.

    Best we can do is keep up the pressure

  2. wildswimmerpete

    Tories have always hated the NHS. They were against its founding in 1949, have always plotted against the NHS during the past seven decades and now think their wet dream over abolishing the NHS are coming into fruition.

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