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NHS pay deal ‘welcome but action must continue’ – SAM President

Following the decision of members of 13 unions which represent NHS staff to accept a 6.5% pay deal, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“We are glad that this rise has been agreed by the majority of staff who have considered the proposals for themselves and read the details behind the headline figures.

“Staff are the lifeblood and glue that hold the NHS together and it should be remembered that they have seen a 14% drop in real-terms income since 2011.

“So while it is welcome to see staff being recognised, it has been a long time coming and we now need to continued action including the necessary funds required to keep the NHS safe and sustainable.”

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