Nurses have voted 'overwhelmingly' to accept the NHS pay deal

A million NHS workers agree to pay rise worth 6.5% over three years

A million NHS workers agree to pay rise worth 6.5% over three years

Unison is backing the pay deal after 84% of its members voted in favour (from a turnout of 30%), with Unite also giving the proposals their support after a 79% vote in favour from their NHS members (from a turnout of 27%).

'We will also now be turning our attention to pay in the other three United Kingdom countries and also to our members working outside the NHS.

They should now get the money in their July pay packets, backdated from April.

The GMB is the only union involved in the NHS to reject the offer.

The devolved healthcare system in Scotland and Wales can now start to establish a deal based on this information.

However, it means that more than a million NHS workers - including cleaners, nurses, physiotherapists, paramedics, midwives and radiographers - will see an increase in pay for the first time in nearly a decade.

"Rarely has a pay rise been so well deserved for NHS staff who have never worked harder", he said. "The care sector already suffers from high staff turnover and so pay must be boosted there too if we are to prevent a nursing exodus for better paid jobs in hospitals and the community." .

Josie Irwin, of the Royal College of Nursing, said it was "much needed" and "should make the profession more attractive". It does give a genuine pay rise to over one million people from next month and that can not be underestimated in challenging economic times.

It won't solve NHS problems overnight.

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt had previously revealed the NHS starting salary will rise from £15,404 ($20,600) to £18,040 ($24,200) by 2021, and that, depending on the role, the wage increase will be worth between 6.5 percent to 29 percent over the course of three years. "Now the government has begun to put right the damage inflicted by its mean-spirited pay policies, staff will be hoping ministers announce an injection of cash for NHS services in time for its 70th birthday next month".