Posted: Wed 17th Mar 2021

NHS and social care staff in Wales to benefit from one off £735 bonus payment

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 17th, 2021

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NHS and social care staff in Wales are to receive one-off bonus payment to recognise their “extraordinary contribution during the covid-19 pandemic.”

Health minister Vaughan Gething has announced the payment today which will be the equivalent to £735 per person.

The bonus payment will cover the basic rate of tax and national insurance contributions incurred, after deductions most people will receive £500.

It is estimated the payment will benefit 221,945 people in Wales including 103,600 social care staff, 90,000 NHS Wales staff, 2,345 deployed students and 26,000 primary care staff (including pharmacy, GP, dental and optometry staff).

Minister for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething said:

“Over the last year, Wales’ NHS staff and social care staff have shown a remarkable amount of commitment and courage from the initial outbreak of the pandemic right through to the current second wave.

“They will have suffered the impacts of the pandemic on their physical and mental health wellbeing in both their personal and professional lives.

“This payment expresses our gratitude to our NHS and social care workforce for their extraordinary contribution in keeping Wales safe.”

The Welsh Government is working with local authorities and with trade unions to finalise details of the scheme.

The bonus is further to the £500 special payment for care home and domiciliary care workers announced in May 2020 to recognise their work through the first wave of the pandemic.

This bonus is being made to a wider group of social care workers including local authority social services staff.

BMA Cymru Wales chair Dr David Bailey said: “We welcome this gesture as an acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication demonstrated by doctors and other NHS workers in Wales who have been stretched to the very limits during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to see their tireless commitment has been recognised.

“Whilst this payment is gratefully received, this is separate and in addition to the DDRB process, which reviews doctors annual pay award, and we reiterate our calls for a significant pay uplift for doctors which would address the real term pay erosion over the past decade”.

UNISON Cymru Wales has welcomed the bonus payment, the union wrote to the minister in January, on behalf of all health unions, calling on the Welsh government to provide a bonus, over and above any NHS pay award, in recognition for the efforts of these staff during the pandemic.

Paul Summers, UNISON Cymru Wales lead officer for health, said: “UNISON led the drive for a Covid bonus for health and social care employees and we are very pleased the Welsh government has recognised these workers have given absolutely everything to help keep families safe during the pandemic.”

“This is a really timely boost for worn-out low-paid NHS and care staff.”

“The Welsh government’s actions are in stark contrast to the insulting approach of the Conservative UK government to NHS and care staff and we thank the health and social services minister for working with UNISON and the other trade unions.{

“But this is only the start and we will continue to argue for all NHS Agenda for Change staff to receive a minimum £2,000 pay rise as part of the UNISON #OneTeam2k campaign.”

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