In the letter, the minister said: “I have accepted the pay review recommendations in full in relation to both the Agenda for Change workforce and the medical and dental workforce, and to this end I have already started the process of seeking funding to support the uplift.
“You will be aware that the Treasury has confirmed it will not be providing any additional funding for the pay uplifts.”
Mr Swann added: “As a result, there will be no additional monies coming to Northern Ireland through the Barnett Formula for these awards.
“I am therefore seeking an additional £50m through Executive in-year monitoring to help fund the recommended uplifts for this year.”
Responding to the letter, Fiona Devlin, Chair of the RCN Northern Ireland Board and Rita Devlin, Acting Director, issued a statement saying:
“The RCN acknowledges the letter sent today by Health Minister, Robin Swann to the health trade unions and we note that he has accepted the recommendations from the Pay Review Body of a 3% uplift in pay.
“We also note that the Minister has confirmed there will be no additional monies coming to Northern Ireland via the Barnett Formula to support the award.
“The RCN will await a formal announcement of a pay award and will be raising concerns about the fact that it is not fully funded from Westminster.
“When we receive a formal announcement, as in England and Wales, we will begin the process of consulting members who will have the opportunity to have their say on this pay award.”