We are currently balloting respective BDA members on the recent announcement on Pay for NHS staff in England and NHS Staff in Wales. The NHS Pay Review Body recommendations for 2022/23 were accepted by the Government as follows for England:
and as follows for Wales:
The majority of agenda for change pay points to receive a cash uplift of £1400
The top point of Band 6 and all points of Band 7 which will be uplifted at the cash equivalent of 4%
The starting salary for bands 1 and 2 to be increased to £20,758 to include the previously announced Real Living Wage top-up.
Details of the consequences of each pay point may be found here for your information. It can be seen from this that our demand for an above inflation pay award has not been met and that coupled with average shortfalls in wages of 5% over the last 12 years has resulted in an unacceptable situation which is real terms pay cut.
With the Consumer Price Index expected to rise to 13% this year and the Retail Price Index currently running at 11.8% the NHS Trade Unions are very disappointed that our members are being left in such a precarious financial position.
The BDA Trade Union Executive Committee has taken a decision to recommend to members that the award is rejected on the basis that it does not meet the current financial needs of staff and that it will not address the current staffing crisis.
It is vital that as many members as possible respond to the consultation so as to inform our decision making and to provide an accurate as possible reflection of views to national staff side discussions on next steps.
Further information on the NHS joint Trade Union position and rationale can be found at With NHS Staff.
The ballot will close on 9 September 2022.