Pay rise for NHS workers
HEALTH Secretary Vaughan Gething has vowed to give Welsh NHS staff a pay rise in line with their counterparts in England, bringing an end to a seven-year cap on wages.
Last Wednesday UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that NHS England employees – including nurses and frontline paramedics – would get a rise of at least 6.5% over three years.
Half of NHS workers are at the top of their pay band and will receive a 6.5% increase, while the other half will get between 9% and 29%.
Under the current Treasury rules, it means the Welsh Government could get an estimated additional £210m to spend as determined by the Barnett Formula.
Speaking in the Senedd last week, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething confirmed the additional money from Westminster would go on NHS pay.