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Public sector pay freezes

Pay freezesNHS managers may well have to bite the bullet and accept a pay freeze in the coming year, but if it is executed in the right way and shown to benefit the NHS it may not demotivate staff. The right leadership is key to implementing such top-down decisions that directly impact on people’s pay, lifestyles and pensions, argues Dr Jenny Dean, Executive Director of the Centre for Health Leadership & Enterprise at Cambridge Judge Business School, but if NHS leaders engage with managers to make them see the longer term benefits, it will make any freeze easier to shoulder.