Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Health and Social Services
Julie Morgan MS, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services
At the heart of Wales, our health and care workers have, and continue to, work incredibly hard to care for our Welsh citizens.
We would like to acknowledge and thank each and every health and care worker for their commitment and the tireless effort they have made to take care of us in these most challenging of circumstances. The environment in which they have been required to work during the COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to be extremely stressful and demanding. However, they have remained focused on providing first-class care and treatment for the people of Wales.
We cannot express how much we have always personally valued their incredible hard work and dedication, but never so much as we have during their response to this terrible, unforgiving virus.
The last year has been relentless. The pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the citizens of Wales and we fully recognise the incredible physical and emotional demands faced by our health and social care workforce as a result.
We are therefore pleased to announce that we will be giving NHS and social care staff a one off bonus of £735. This figure has been arrived at to cover the basic rate of tax and national insurance contributions, meaning a large number of people will receive close to £500.
We hope this payment goes some way to acknowledge the compassionate care provided by our health and social care workforce to the people of Wales when we have been at our most vulnerable.