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Paramedics hit with 'fine for saving lives'

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15 Feb 2019
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GMB, the largest union for the ambulance service, is appalled by a decision to hit hard up paramedics with a whopping 18% hike for their professional registration.

The Health Care Professionals Council – the body which all paramedics have to be registered with before they can operate - has increased their fees from £90 to £106.

If we were to be in annual pay talks this increase would be able to be factored into those talks.

Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer:

Paramedics, along with all NHS staff, have been hit by years of real terms pay cuts.

Meanwhile the chief executive of HCPC was paid a salary of £194,000 in 2016/17 – a 2% increases on the year before.

Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer, said:

“To hit our hard-up, life-saving paramedics with this unwarranted pay increase is pretty appalling – it amounts to a fine for saving lives’

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“Ambulance workers’ average real terms earnings have plummeted by more than 19% since 2010 – while the chief executive of the HCPC enjoyed a pay rise to more than £194,000 a year.

“Unfortunately we are now locked into a three year pay deal. If we were to be in annual pay talks this increase would be able to be factored into those talks.

“At a time when we are facing a staffing crisis within the NHS and Ambulance Service - GMB calls on HCPC to think again about this increase.”

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