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Nurses are thought to be considering industrial action over the “appalling” offer of a 3 per cent NHS pay rise in England and Wales, a union has warned.
It comes after the Department for Health and Social Care in March said only a rise of 1 per cent was affordable – before the independent NHS pay review body recommended this go up to 3 per cent, which was accepted by the government. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) separately called for a 12.5 per cent rise.
Patricia Marquis, England director of RCN, said nurses were “really angry and upset” at the pay award, which the union claims amounts to a pay cut once inflation is taken into account. “We will be considering with them what the next steps might be, which could include consideration of industrial action most certainly,” she told BBC2’s Newsnight.
Meanwhile, ministers will today announce a consultation to consider what slashing red tape inherited during Britain’s time as an EU member will look like. Brexit minister David Frost, who negotiated the Withdrawal Agreement, said the proposals marked the “first time in a generation” that British politicians were “free to implement rules that put the UK first”.
Good morning, and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of Brexit and all things UK politics. It’s set to be a busy day as NHS nurses consider striking over the government’s offer of a 3 per cent pay rise, so stay tuned.
Sam Hancock22 July 2021 07:48