Comment Reform statement 16 March, 2023

Reform statement on the NHS pay settlement

Responding to the announcement of a pay settlement for nurses and other NHS staff, Reform Senior Researcher, Sebastian Rees, said:  

“Today’s pay deal shows pragmatism has prevailed. The combination of a generous one-off payment and a permanent pay rise of 5% for the coming year is fair to health workers and to taxpayers picking up the bill."

"With families struggling across the country and public service budgets under pressure, we hope that other professional bodies with unrealistic expectations of full pay restoration moderate their demands.”

Media contact: Sebastian Rees, Senior Researcher,