This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Pay restraint to hit nurses for four more years

Written by: | Published:

George Osborne announces pay restraint George Osborne announces pay restraint for public sector workers

NHS pay will be restrained to a 1% annual pay increase for the next four years announced Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne today.

In the first budget since the majority Conservative government came to power, Mr Osborne revealed that public sector pay would continue to be capped at 1%. This includes all nurses and all NHS workers.

He acknowledged that public sector workers had already undergone a period of pay restraint but he said they needed to ensure that there continued to be savings in parliament.

'So, to ensure we have public services we can afford and to protect more jobs, we will continue recent public sector pay awards with a rise of 1% per year for the next four years,' he said.

This was a 'simple trade-off',he said, between jobs and pay.

Although Mr Osborne called the NHS a 'priority' there was very little detail on future funding of the NHS, except to say that the Government committed to the minimum £8 billion funding over the next five years laid out in NHS England's Five Year Forward View to sustain the NHS.

He said that the £8 billion was on top of the £2 billion already put into the NHS taking the total up to £10 billion more a year in real terms by 2020.

'It's proof that you can only have a strong seven day NHS if you have a strong economy and it's proof that the the NHS is only truly safe in Conservative hands,' said Mr Osborne.

A number of Royal Colleges, the Institute of Health Visiting, and the Faculty of Public Health published a letter on 5 July calling on the Government to rethink the proposed £200 million cuts for local authorities announced last month. The letter highlighted that potential cuts ot health visiting and school nursing services would have a negative impact on child, maternal and family health. It was also suggested to Independent Nurse that the proposed cuts would put more pressure on primary care.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.



Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code

Read a free issue from Practice Nursing

Register to read a free issue from our sister publication, Practice Nursing.

Including articles on asthma, diabetes and more. Read your copy.


Sign up to the newsletter


Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.


Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.


Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team


Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.