Pay rise for NHS work­ers

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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.

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