NHS staff in data England have suffered real wage cuts of up to £ 2,949 over the past decade, new research from a leading health think tank shows.
After adjustment for inflation, the salaries of nurses and medical representatives fell by £ 1,583, that of doctors by £ 779 and midwives ”by £ 1,813. However, scientific, therapeutic and technical personnel suffered the biggest reduction - by £ 2,949.
The results are contained in a Health Foundation analysis of official data on NHS staff income covering the 10 years from March 2011 to March of this year. They come amid a growing row over the government's decision to give most NHS workers in England a 3% pay rise for this year, and the possibility that health unions can take industrial action afterhave assessed the views of their members.
Some NHS staff have seen their incomes increase in real terms since 2011. The Health Foundation found that ambulance staff now earn an extra £ 2,767, while NHS infrastructure staff earn an average of £ 645 and those supporting clinical staff have seen a slight increase of £ 63 .
However, overall the 1.2 million hospital and community workers are worse off by £ 462 a year than 'in 2011. This reflects a decade in which most NHS the staff received either a very small amountannual salary increase of about 1%, or their salary has been frozen.
For example, the salary of nurses and midwives has increased by 4 £ 044 in nominal terms. over the past decade, but after adjusting for inflation, it has fallen by £ 1,583 in real terms. The Royal College of Nursing responded to the 3% offer by warning that "the profession will not accept this when going to bed" , and is likely to vote for its members on possible industrial action.
Likewise, while the overall income of physicians - both the 61,000 trainees and 51 000 consultants - increased by £ 10,136, after adjusting for inflation it fell by £ 779. For consultants alone, while their salary increased by £ 10,712 (11%), that isst £ 5,537 (6%) less in real terms than in 2011.
Prof Anita Charlesworth, Research Director of the Think Tank and its Real Center, which undertook the analysis, said: “This week's pay offer to NHS staff is higher than originally offered, but it goes back a decade. government maintains wages to balance NHS budgets.
"After accounting for inflation, wage cuts are particularly evident for nurses and nurses. health visitors, midwives and scientists, therapeutic and technical personnel. Some groups have seen real increases in their base salaries, including ambulance staff (around £ 2,800) and infrastructure support staff (£ 600). "
Nihar Shembavnekar, who undertook the analysis, used the method of the indiwhat consumer prices to measure inflation in its calculations. He is a former Treasury labor market economist.
Meanwhile, a analysis released today 'hui by the GMB union found that the wages of NHS workers in England have fallen to £ 9,000 over the past decade.
" Longtime cleaners have had over £ 1,000 taken from their pay every year, 999 call managers £ 3,500, nurses over £ 6,000 [and] midwives over 7 £ 500, "the union said. It based its calculations on the retail price index, the alternative way to assess the rate of inflation.
Rehana Azam, the national secretary of the GMB, said the union would advise its members to reject the government's" paltry "offer.