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French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the monthly bonus for intensive care nurses on Tuesday. The payment will begin in January with some 24,000 nurses receiving the payment bonus. Mr Castex made the announcement during a tour of an intensive care unit in the southeast of Paris.

The bonus comes after hospital workers went on strike over working conditions as well as staff shortages.

A report in October found one in five beds in public hospitals in France remain closed due to a shortage of medical staff.

The announcement has sparked fresh calls in England for nurses to also receive a bonus for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trades Union Congress (TUC) General Secretary Frances O’Grady told Express.co.uk: “Everyone deserves a decent standard of living. But too many of our key workers – like nurses, care workers and delivery drivers – are struggling to put food on the table.

“These are the key workers we all relied on and applauded through the worst of the pandemic, but claps don’t pay the bills.

“With the cost of everyday living spiralling and millions across the country feeling the pinch, it’s time for the government to act.

“Next year should be the year that the government finally gets wages rising across the UK. Ministers must start by giving our public service workers a proper above-inflation pay rise, and by raising the minimum wage to £10 an hour immediately.”

In October, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announce nurses will get another pay rise next year amid anger over the 2021-2022 NHS pay deal.

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“And now, with the economy firmly back on track, it’s right that nurses, teachers and all the other public sector workers who played their part during the pandemic see their wages rise.”

The deal in England and Wales saw NHS staff on the Agenda for Change pay scheme receive a three percent wage boost.

However, in May, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced NHS staff in Scotland would receive a four percent pay increase.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I am delighted that unions representing a majority of NHS staff have voted to accept our offer of a pay rise of 4 percent on average.

“We all rely on the hard work and dedication of NHS Scotland, and never more so than during this pandemic.

“This pay rise, the biggest pay uplift for NHS staff since devolution recognises the unwavering commitment of NHS Scotland staff.

“If the Department of Health sticks with the offer it has proposed, staff in Scotland will be considerably better off in 2021-22 than their counterparts in England.

“This has been an exceptionally challenging year for our health service and I am delighted that the Scottish Government has been able to recognise the service and dedication of our healthcare staff.

“On behalf of us all, thank you for all you have done and for all you continue to do.”

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