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Meagre NHS Pay Rises Will Cost UK £2.1 Billion, Trade Union Warns

  • Union group says nurses face £1,600 hit under current proposal
  • Prime Minister says matching wages to prices won’t fix crisis
Medical staff at The Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, operated by East Lancashire NHS Trust, in Blackburn, U.K.

Medical staff at The Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, operated by East Lancashire NHS Trust, in Blackburn, U.K.

Photographer: Hannah McKay/Reuters

British nurses would face a £1,600 ($2,000) hit to their real wages this year, and the wider economy would suffer a loss of more than £2 billion, if the government grants them a 3% pay rise, according to the Trades Union Congress.

With inflation running at 9%, the far smaller increase being mooted by ministers for National Health Service workers would also leave porters’ pay down £1,000 and paramedics facing a £2,000 blow, the umbrella group for UK labor unions warned Friday.