Watch: Rishi Sunak declines to say whether one-off payment to nurses is on the table

Watch: Rishi Sunak declines to say whether one-off payment to nurses is on the table

Rishi Sunak said he was “happy to talk about pay” with unions as ministers held a series of meetings aimed at ending a wave of industrial unrest in the NHS and on the rail network.

The Prime Minister did not deny suggestions the Government was considering a one-off payment to help NHS staff deal with the soaring cost of living, but insisted any pay settlement would have to be affordable and not further increase inflation.

Health Secretary Steve Barclay was meeting health unions on Monday which put the chance of strikes being called off at less than 50%.