NHS nurse pleads for 6.5% pay deal to be increased

A nurse has pleaded with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to increase a pay offer claiming a 6.5 per cent salary boost is not enough.

Penny Johnson, 48, wrote an open letter to patients on Facebook claiming the deal will be worth just £61 a month in extra pay to her next year.

She said that after eight years austerity the pay rise was not enough to cover the rapidly rising cost of living.

Penny Johnson, 48, wrote an open letter to patients on Facebook claiming the deal will be worth just £61 a month in extra pay to her next year

Penny Johnson, 48, wrote an open letter to patients on Facebook claiming the deal will be worth just £61 a month in extra pay to her next year

Penny Johnson, 48, wrote an open letter to patients on Facebook claiming the deal will be worth just £61 a month in extra pay to her next year

Announcing the pay deal earlier this month, Mr Hunt said the ‘significant’ rise was a reward for hard working NHS staff.

Health unions have warned it will not resolve the ‘the biggest pay pinch in living memory’ though most gave recommended the deal to their members. 

Ms Johnson’s post has been shared hundreds of times.

She tells patients: ‘You have always come way before our own, and our families’ needs.

‘Not a day goes by when life or death doesn’t rest in my hands.

‘Ponder that weight for a while whilst I assess whether to give that drug, to refuse to carry out a treatment, or recover from being spat at, assaulted or threatened.’

Ms Johnson's Facebook post (pictured) criticising the NHS pay deal has been shared hundreds of times

Ms Johnson's Facebook post (pictured) criticising the NHS pay deal has been shared hundreds of times

Ms Johnson’s Facebook post (pictured) criticising the NHS pay deal has been shared hundreds of times

Explaining how the NHS pay band system limits the pay rise she will get, the nurse added: ‘Today’s pay rise equates to me as £104 pm before tax/NI/pension deductions for the first year.

‘In years 2/3 I will get £60 pm before deductions. So in three years time I will have gained £2716 before tax.

Announcing the pay deal earlier this month, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the 'significant' rise was a reward for hard working NHS staff.

Announcing the pay deal earlier this month, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the 'significant' rise was a reward for hard working NHS staff.

Announcing the pay deal earlier this month, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the ‘significant’ rise was a reward for hard working NHS staff.

‘Given that I have been on a pay freeze for over 8 years, that the proposal is under the rate of inflation, the pay rise doesn’t cover my council tax increase there is absolutely no reason for me to accept this perpetual abuse of goodwill.’ 

When Mr Hunt outlined the deal to Parliament last month, he said it ‘recognised the public appreciation for just how much they have done and continue to do’.

‘The agreement that NHS trade unions have reached is a something for something deal that brings in profound changes like productivity in exchange for significant rises in pay.’

He added: ‘Rarely has a pay rise been so deserved for NHS staff who have never worked harder.’  

He said staff are expected to cut sick rates and have a renewed focus on their career development under today’s agreement.

Mr Hunt said the £4billion funding to bankroll the change is new money form the Treasury.

The pay deal is the first phase in an overhaul of NHS funding promised by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Billions extra are due to be ploughed into the health service in plans due later this year and ahead of a wider spending review in 2019. = 

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