The campaign for extra nursing pay, led by Maria Caulfield MP, has been successful. It has directly resulted in Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announcing a £4.2 billion pay rises for NHS staff.

Maria Caulfield MP, an NHS nurse of over 20 years’ experience, has been campaigning alongside the Royal College of Nursing in calling for the Government to increase pay for nurses and other NHS staff.

The Health and Social Care Secretary has announced that a newly qualified nurse in 2020/21 will earn 12.6% or £3,000 more than this year, helping to attract new nurses into the profession.

The new pay deal is also about retention not just recruitment with current staff also looking to receive large pay rises.

A healthcare assistant qualifying this year will see their pay rise by 26% or £4,000 over the next 3 years. A nurse with 3 years’ experience will see their pay increase over the next 3 years by 25% or around £6,000. A band 6 Paramedic with 4 years’ experience could see their pay increase by £4,000 over 3 years.

The pay deal also includes extra benefits such as shared parental leave, child bereavement leave, and the ability to buy and sell annual leave to create a better work life balance.

Maria Caulfield MP said “I am so pleased that the Government has listened to the Royal College of Nursing, me and healthcare workers across the country by increasing pay for NHS staff, and also ensuring new measures to create a better work life balance for NHS staff.”

“Hardworking nurses and all other NHS staff, thoroughly deserve a pay rise and I am delighted that the strong economy has enabled this Government is able to award this pay rise.”

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP said in the House of Commons “I want to pay tribute to her [Maria Caulfield] as one of the practicing nurses in this House [that] makes sure the voice of nursing is always loud and proud in this place.”