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Pay boost for NHS workers.

Byline: KAREN HAMBRIDGE

PORTERS, catering workers and domestics are among the NHS staff to benefit in Coventry under a new pay deal.

Across the country more than 300,000 NHS staff are to get a minimum 3.6 per cent increase thanks to an agreement announced by junior health minister John Hutton.

The extra cash will go to 'Whitley Council' staff who are outside locally negotiated terms and conditions.

John Richardson, head of communications for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, which runs hospitals in Coventry and Rugby, said it was welcome news for many lower-paid workers.

"The idea is to try to improve in particular the wages of staff at the lower end of the scale."

He said that for people who are earning around pounds 200 a week it would mean an extra pounds 10 or so a week.

"The higher the wage the smaller the percentage increase. Workers benefiting would be porters, domestics and catering staff.

"We recognise that the NHS could not function without these people and that they play a vital role so we are pleased to see them rewarded," he added.

"There is competition for these workers and it is good to see wage rates are being increased."

The cash boost will be seen in pay packets from this month. The pay deal will be backdated to April.

Other NHS workers to benefit include ambulance, clerical, scientific and professional staff who have remained on Whitley terms.

The basic pay increase is in line with awards to nurses and hospital doctors.

The Government said it meant above-inflation pay increases for staff for the fourth consecutive year.
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