Neither is it a new phenomenon. It been going on for years, probably decades.
But how do NHS wage costs compare with the market place generally?
Surprisingly this report suggests wages costs in the North West rose by 10% over the last year to an average of £33.8Kp.a.
Well short of the average wage costs of £39.8K in our local NHS Trust which does not take account of the superior pension provision in the NHS.