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I know NHS staff are incredibly dedicated and hardworking. As part of the long-term economic plan to build a stronger, more competitive economy and secure a better future for Britain, the Government is having to take difficult decisions to reduce the deficit. This includes difficult decisions about pay restraint in the public sector.

As you are aware, the Government has recently responded to the Pay Review Body (NHS PRB and Doctors' and Dentists' PRB) reports. The reports recommended a one per cent consolidated pay rise for all employed staff, on top of increments. Unfortunately, this recommendation is unaffordable and could risk the quality of patient care. The NHS PRB's recommendation would cost £450 million, equivalent to 14,000 newly qualified nurses, payable in addition to almost £1 billion the NHS must pay every year for increments and would risk reductions in front-line staff that could lead to unsafe patient care.

NHS staff will get at least one per cent additional pay for the next two years, either via a one per cent non-consolidated pay award or incremental pay, but not both. Over half of all NHS staff eligible to receive incremental pay should receive at least one per cent (most receive over three per cent on average), the rest will receive a one per cent non-consolidated payment this year and a two per cent non-consolidated payment next year. However, the most senior managers in the Department of Health's arms-length bodies won't receive a pay rise.

I don’t in general sign EDMs as I do not believe they are the best way of making a political point, but I wouldn’t be keen to sign EDM 370 anyway as while I realise this is a difficult decision, I think this is the right course of action to secure the long term future of the NHS and is emphatically in the interests of patients.

I sincerely hope a recovering economy will enable pay restraint in the public sector to be eased at an early date.

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