Welsh NHS Staff Receive Pay Rise Offer on 70th Anniversary

In the week where the National Health Service celebrates its 70th birthday, the Welsh Labour Government has announced a new pay offer for NHS Wales’ staff, matching and in some cases going beyond the new NHS pay deal for England.

The Welsh Government will be investing extra funding in addition to the consequential funding they will receive from the decision by the UK Government to raise pay for NHS staff in England.

The offer, which will provide a pay increase for staff across the NHS, has been negotiated with employers and unions.  It will now need to be approved through a ballot of union members.

If accepted as expected, it will mean all NHS staff in Wales will have pay parity with their counterparts in England, following the recent announcement of a new pay deal over the border.

Wrexham’s Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths has praised the announcement and said: “Dedicated Welsh NHS staff work tirelessly to deliver high quality care to residents in Wrexham and across Wales.”

“They deserve our thanks and praise and it is fitting our hardworking NHS staff are recognised as the nation celebrates 70 years of the beloved institution.”

“Years of austerity imposed by the UK Government have undoubtedly created challenges but the Welsh Labour Government is investing in the NHS to ensure it continues to provide the best possible healthcare to patients, today and in the future.”