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Nurses and other NHS workers in England have been offered a 3% pay rise by government “in recognition of unique impact of the pandemic” on staff.

It comes after heavily criticised proposals made by the Department for Health and Social Care in March said only a rise of 1% was affordable.

All NHS staff in Wales will be offered a 3% rise by the Welsh government.

But some health unions opposed the new figure saying it does not reflect the sacrifices made by staff.

They point out the NHS workforce has been under unprecedented pressure.