An NHS bonus

The NHS as a whole employs approximately 1.7 million people making it, famously, the fifth biggest employer on the planet. Almost two thirds of its budget goes towards staff salaries. Yet its systems of rewarding and motivating staff are outdated, inflexible and frequently unfair. ‘An NHS Bonus’ argues that by introducing greater flexibility into the system, and linking pay more closely with performance and objectives, we could improve both NHS productivity and patient outcomes. It urges the Government, and NHS managers, to make reform of the pay system an urgent priority as part of the new funding settlement.

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