Wales has provided a ₤ 500 bonus to health and social care employees for their work throughout the COVID crisis.
At a press conference on Wednesday, the nation’s health minister Vaughan Gething revealed NHS and social care personnel will get a ₤ 735 payment to recognise their efforts during the pandemic.
The one-off payment will see most workers take home ₤ 500 after tax and nationwide insurance coverage deductions.
It is approximated to benefit more than 220,000 people in Wales, including more than 100,000 social care personnel and 90,000 NHS Wales personnel, in addition to deployed trainees and medical care staff.
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Mr Gething described the contributions of health and care workers as “genuinely remarkable”, as they fought through “some of the most challenging and tough circumstances”.
” As we approach one year on, you’re still striving, caring for the sick and the susceptible and vaccinating 10s of thousands of individuals every day to offer us genuine wish for the future,” he added.
” In recognition of this huge effort, we will be providing all NHS and social care personnel with a special bonus offer payment.
” More than 220,000 people working across our NHS and social care will receive the payment in their pay packet beginning next month.”
This year’s bonus offer remains in addition to the ₤ 500 special payment for care workers revealed in May 2020, which acknowledged their work through the first wave of COVID infections.
Both Scotland and Northern Ireland have also previously offered a ₤ 500 perk to health and care staff.
Mr Gething said the ₤ 735 payment was “not instead of a real pay increase”.
He has formerly said Welsh federal government ministers will not attempt to cap any pay increase for Welsh NHS personnel.
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The UK federal government recently ended up being embroiled in a row after recommending NHS employees in England are restricted to a 1% pay rise.
Critics have claimed such an increase would in fact represent a real-terms pay cut, with inflation projection to reach 1.5% this year.
Mr Gething explained the relocation by the Westminster government as “a begin the teeth” for NHS staff.
UNISON basic secretary Christina McAnea said: “Boris Johnson and his federal government are now out of action with every other part of the UK.
“The degenerated administrations have actually all made one-off gestures revealing they appreciate whatever NHS and care personnel have actually done this past year.
“It’s a pity ministers in Westminster have still failed to commit to moneying the appropriate raise staff throughout the UK deserve.”