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NHS and Social Care staff in Wales to receive bonus payment in recognition of efforts during pandemic

NHS and Social Care staff in Wales to receive bonus payment in recognition of efforts during pandemic

NHS and Social Care staff in Wales are to receive a bonus payment in recognition of their contribution during the Coronavirus pandemic, Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced.

The Welsh Government will fund the bonus, which is a one-off payment equivalent to £735 per person. Most people will receive £500 after tax deductions.

The payment is expected to made to 221,945 people in Wales. Among those to receive the payment will be;

  • 103,600 social care staff
  • 90,000 NHS Wales staff
  • 2,345 deployed students
  • 26,000 primary care staff (including pharmacy, GP, dental and optometry staff)

The Welsh Government is working with relevant authorities to finalise the details of the bonus scheme. Previously, a £500 bonus payment was announced in May 2020 in recognition of the efforts of care home and domiciliary care workers in the first wave of the pandemic.

Announcing the new bonus payment on Wednesday, 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."

Bonus pay for NHS and social care staff is a devolved issue and managed by each of the devolved administrations. The bonus announced by Mr Gething is only applicable to staff in Wales.

Over recent weeks there has been growing backlash over plans to provide NHS staff in England with a pay-rise of just 1%. After inflation is considered, the new wages will actually represent a pay cut and many inside and outside of politics and the health service have demanded a higher pay-rise for staff that have worked hard throughout the challenges of the pandemic.

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