Health Secretary's NHS pay comments welcomed by NHS Confederation

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Niall Dickson

Responding to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s main stage session at Confed17, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents health organisations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said:

“We are pleased the Secretary of State agrees with our stance on the importance of linking health funding to nationwide economic performance, and we will continue to encourage the Government to commit to a funding level which is linked to GDP.

“The promise of more capital funding, which he re-iterated this morning, will help get transformation up and running.

“The Health Secretary also made encouraging comments on the issue of pay and we welcome his suggestion that this is something he will be discussing with the Chancellor – particularly the possibility of improvements for nurses.

“The issue of legislative change was also discussed, and although we concede a weakened Government will find this challenging, we’re encouraged that the Secretary of State will be pushing for cross-party consensus to deliver change.

“We look forward to continuing our discussions with the Health Secretary around these issues, as well as the urgent need for a fundamental review of which services are needed, how much they will cost and how they will be paid for.”

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