The budget must signal better pay is on the way
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The budget must signal better pay is on the way

Sara Gorton Unison head of health

Years of austerity have left health service workers underpaid and demoralised. This month’s budget needs to provide tangible proof that they are valued

Pay is the main way the government helps the NHS keep and motivate its workforce. There are other areas where government intervention would be helpful, such as bursaries and the right to stay for European Union health staff, and workload, culture and job security are also important. But pay is an important totem.

Nursing Standard. 32, 12, 29-29. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.12.29.s20

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