Nurses may consider industrial action over the offer of a 3% NHS pay rise in England and Wales, a union says.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) told the BBC it would be consulting members but staff were "angry" and deserved a bigger increase.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng acknowledged the hard work of NHS staff and said he felt the 3% rise was fair.
Meanwhile, school leaders have said the pay freeze for most teachers in England is a "slap in the face".
In November the government announced a public sector pay freeze for 2021-22, with exceptions made for those on salaries under £24,000 and NHS staff.
The 3% pay rise is for most NHS staff including nurses, paramedics, consultants, dentists and salaried GPs and is backdated to April 2021.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the pay rise was a recognition of the "extraordinary efforts" of NHS workers.
According to government calculations for the average nurse, this will mean an additional £1,000 a year, while many porters and cleaners will receive around £540.
It comes after heavily criticised proposals made by the Department for Health and Social Care in March said only a rise of 1% was affordable.
The independent NHS pay review body then recommended a 3% rise, which was accepted by the government.