More than one million NHS workers will receive a pay rise of a minimum 6.5 percent over the next three years, after a deal was accepted by 13 unions. The only NHS staff union to reject the deal was the GMB, who feel the deal still doesn't give NHS workers enough.
'We will also now be turning our attention to pay in the other three United Kingdom countries and also to our members working outside the NHS.
The devolved healthcare system in Scotland and Wales can now start to establish a deal based on this information.
'There is much work left to do to recover what has been lost during nearly a decade of pay restraint and we will continue to make that case, as well as the broader issues on funding and workforce pressures in the NHS.
Josie Irwin, of the Royal College of Nursing, said it was "much needed" and "should make the profession more attractive".
"It's a well deserved pay rise".
"Ministers knew that the public were behind our members when they turned up the heat a year ago". They can be assured that this is by no means the end of our campaigning for fair pay and their contribution to that cause will remain invaluable'.
Hospital cleaners, nurses, security guards, physiotherapists, emergency call handlers, paramedics, midwives, radiographers and other NHS staff across England will get the pay rise.
It won't solve NHS problems overnight..
Sara Gorton, head of health at Unison, said the three-year pay deal must not be a "one-off".
"The lifting of the damaging 1% cap on pay will come as a huge relief for all the employers who've struggled for so long to attract new recruits and hold on to experienced staff".
"Most importantly, the extra funding means the pay rise won't be at the expense of services or patient care. Now the government has begun to put right the damage inflicted by its mean-spirited pay policies, staff will be hoping ministers announce an injection of cash for NHS services in time for its 70th birthday next month".