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9 October 2000

HALIFAX SURVEY CONFIRMS URGENT NEED FOR PAY ACTION FOR
NHS LONDON STAFF

Health union MSF today (Monday, 9 October) warned that the renewed rise in house prices in London could be the last straw for many NHS professionals working in London and the South East.

MSF Head of Health Roger Kline said that the Halifax plc report , which said that a salary of £35,000 was the minimum needed to buy a house in London, meant that NHS staff were simply being priced out of London and the South East.

"We have said for a long time that the scientists, technicians, therapists and community nurses we represent are being driven out of London because their pay is simply too low.

"In almost every occupation we organise there are serious and growing staff shortages in which pay is the key issue. When graduate scientists enter the NHS on £10,000 a year, for example, it hardly surprising that they leave or move out of London as soon as possible."

Roger Kline said MSF was urgently seeking the following:

  1. Urgent action to raise the entry levels for all skilled staff in the NHS - although the housing crisis is worst in London is pretty awful elsewhere.
  2. Access to low cost housing schemes for NHS staff to be widened to ensure professionals other than nurses can make use of them
  3. A radical increase in the London weighting allowance

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For further information, please contact

Shaun Noble, Press Officer

Tel:

(020) 7939 7043

0468 69 39 40 (mobile)

Roger Kline

Tel:

0468 69 39 34 (mobile)

NHS press releases can be seen on the MSF Health web site: www.msfhealth.org

MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, medical technical officers, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's fifth largest union.


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