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Lower paid workers to receive wage increase at Queen’s and King George Hospitals

Roughly 600 people are getting a pay rise (credit: Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust) 

Lower paid workers at Queen’s and King George Hospitals are set to receive a pay rise.

Around 600 staff who help keep the hospitals running, such as porters and cleaners, will be getting the London Living Wage from the start of April. 

For some that will be a boost from the minimum wage of £8.21 to £10.75. 

“I am delighted that we will be introducing this and providing that extra bit of help for these workers,” said Tony Chambers, the Trust’s interim Chief Executive

“They are absolutely key to keeping our hospitals running efficiently, and provide a huge amount of support to our staff and patients.”

“We are responding to a long-standing request from local unions and I’m glad that we’re able to implement it now, to show recognition for those, who, along with the rest of NHS staff, are going above and beyond to keep our patients safe while we deal with Covid-19.”

All of the staff benefiting from the changes are employed by partner organisations Sodexo and Interserve. 

“Our hardworking dedicated teams feel very much part of the wider Trust team providing essential services which contribute to providing patients, visitors and families with the best experience and clinical outcomes,” said Stuart Winters, CEO Healthcare, Sodexo UK & Ireland.

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