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Pay increase for NHS staff could cost up to £500m

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Pay for NHS employees will increase by 1 per cent from April, the government has confirmed.

Ministers last week accepted the Pay Review Body's recommendation to award pay rises, after two years of pay freezes for NHS staff. It is estimated this could cost £500 million and comes after calls from the NHS Employers organisation to extend the pay freeze.

NHS Employers' chief executive Dean Royles claimed the cost of the pay rises equates to that of appointing 15,000 nursing roles.

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