Rishi Sunak may consider one-off payment to end nurses’ strikes

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PM for first time signals willingness to help with cost of living as ministers prepare for talks with health unions

Rishi Sunak has opened the door to a pay deal for striking nurses when ministers meet health unions for talks on Monday after signalling for the first time a willingness to address demands for more help with the cost of living.

The Guardian understands ministers are prepared to look at a “one-off” payment to health workers, possibly in the form of a hardship payment to get them through this winter. Downing Street and the Treasury were accused of blocking such an offer last month.

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