NHS staff to be offered fast-tracked pay rise in bid to end strikes

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Source says Health Secretary keen to ‘speed up process’ as paramedics and ambulance crews take to picket lines…

Striking NHS workers will be offered a fast-tracked pay deal next year in a government attempt to break the deadlock with health unions.

As paramedics and ambulance crews took to picket lines across England and Wales on Wednesday, a source close to Steve Barclay, the Health Secretary, said he was keen to “speed up the process” of giving NHS staff a pay rise.

On Wednesday, Mr Barclay urged workers to “look forward” to next year’s deal instead of hoping for this year’s offer to be unpicked. The process of setting pay recommendations for next year is already under way.

Typically, NHS workers wait until August to receive a backdated rise, even though recommendations are made by an independent review body in April.

A source close to Mr Barclay said on Wednesday night that he recognised NHS staff were “feeling the pinch” and would demand action to see any extra money in pay packets “at the earliest opportunity”.

“Steve is very keen for this to go ahead at pace and not be dragged out as it has been in the past,” the source added…

NHS staff to be offered fast-tracked pay rise in bid to end strikes

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