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GP, keen interest in education and IT in healthcare.
22 Jul
So for anybody wondering what the (almost whispered) “out of existing budgets” after the “NHS staff to get a pay rise of 3%” headline means, I’ll try to explain. Hospitals, community, mental Heath providers and GP surgeries get funding from the NHS for providing services 1/4
The “out of existing budgets” means that all of those organisations will not get any increase in their funding to pay for the pay rise. Given that staff costs account for a very large proportion of any providers costs, 3% increases will result in a big hike in their spend 2/4
So providers like hospitals will have to pay their staff the 3% and then ultimately pay fewer of them because that’s the only way that they can remain in their budgets. So patient care gets worse and staff have to do a lot more work as there will be fewer of them 3/4
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