Responding to news of a row between NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care over the funding of a pay rise for staff in NHS public health services, David Furness, Director of Policy at IHPN said:
“Last year the Government rightly committed to ensuring that all staff on Agenda for Change contracts will be awarded a pay rise whether they work for NHS trusts or independent and third sector organisations. However staff on Agenda for Change delivering services funded by Local Authorities are still losing out, with no confirmed funding for this group of staff. This means that today’s news of a row between NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care over who should pay for the rise will be worrying and unsettling for both affected staff and their employers.
“What we need to see urgently is:
• confirmation that funding will be made available for staff on Agenda for Change delivering contracts funded by local authorities across NHS, independent, voluntary and social enterprise providers and;
• a clear mechanism to ensure that all employers are funded to pass the pay rise on to their staff.
“Public health services already face severe workforce shortages and as we try to move towards more joined up care, we cannot have a pay system that sets up artificial barriers between services and ultimately undermines patient care.”