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01.02.18

Insufficient funding for pay increases will impact service quality

The financial outlook restricts the ability of the NHS to invest in pay, NHS Employers has told the pay review bodies.

Publishing its 2018-19 written evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) and the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB), NHS Employers said that it will be difficult for the NHS to invest in pay without additional funds.

The organisation reports that pay and contract reform depends on additional national investment in pay following the period of pay restraint.

It also stresses the need to attract and retain staff now and in the future.

Where investment in pay is not fully funded, the organisation also reports that this will create significant additional financial pressures, as well as negatively impacting the quality of services.

In its evidence to the NHSPRB, NHS Employers highlights the importance of further pay and contract reform, which it says must be in a “balanced package of changes to include terms and conditions, as well as pay structure reform.”

The DDRB’s evidence emphasises opportunities to link contract reform to the improvement and efficiency agenda, and to “align aspects of reward more closely to individual contribution and performance.”

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