Nurses and other staff were given a pay boost when Bevan launched NHS in 1948.
GMB, the union for public sector workers, has called on the Government to give NHS staff the wage they deserve in honour of the health service's 69th birthday today.
NHS staff, along with other public sector workers, have been living under seven years of real terms pay cut thanks to a Government imposed pay cap. 
The union is calling the Government to rekindle the spirit which saw staff get a ‘considerable improvement’ in their pay when the NHS was founded. 
Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer for NHS, said:
“Hard-working staff who provide the backbone of our NHS have seen their pay stripped to the bone during seven years of pay cuts.
“On the 69th birthday of the NHS, our health service will rightly be praised from all quarters.
“But rather than empty platitudes, why doesn’t this Government put its money where its mouth is and give NHS staff the wage they deserve – and one they can actually live on.”
Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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