Survey of more than 10,000 health workers finds most feel ‘let down’ by politicians

Most NHS staff say the Government does not value their efforts during the pandemic, according to a new survey.

Unison said its research suggested that many health workers are considering their future in the NHS.

More than 10,000 health service staff from across the UK took part in the study, which has been used as part of evidence submitted by Unison to the NHS pay review body.

The union is calling on the Government to give all NHS workers a pay rise of at least £2,000.

Publication of the survey results comes as Unison and 13 other health unions have written to the Prime Minister, urging him to speed up the pay process so NHS staff receive a promised wage rise as soon as possible.

Unison said its survey revealed that health workers feel “deeply dissatisfied” with their treatment, with only one in 10 saying the Government values NHS staff.

More than four out of five said they were angry at how NHS staff are being treated by ministers.

Almost two-thirds said the Government’s approach to NHS pay makes them question their future in the health service.

Unison’s head of health Sara Gorton (pictured) said: “Time and again ministers remind the public about protecting the NHS. The Government can show how to do just that by investing properly in the staff looking after us all.

“Many are beyond exhausted and feel let down by politicians who expect health workers to give everything but show them little in return.

“A rise of £2,000 as soon as possible would persuade many NHS staff to stay and encourage others to consider a career in health.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “NHS staff have been on the front line of this pandemic and they have dedicated themselves, night and day, to providing the highest quality of care and support to people with the virus.

“They have been going above and beyond for months and we are enormously thankful for their tireless work and continued efforts to keep us all safe.

“The Government recognises that this has been a uniquely challenging moment in the history of this country and the impact it has had on the NHS, and is continuing to help fund pay rises for NHS workers including a pay increase of at least £250 for staff earning less than £24,000.

“Over one million NHS staff are also benefiting from the multi-year pay and contract deal agreed with trade unions in 2018.

“We are committed to making sure everyone is rewarded fairly for their work, and will continue to listen to NHS staff and trade unions, as well as considering the recommendations of the independent NHS Pay Review Body when we receive them.”

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