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a practice nurse imageMarch 29 2018

Nurses employed by the NHS could see wages increase by a minimum of 6.5% over the next three years, the Royal College of Nursing has announced. In some cases, the pay increase will amount to 29% by 2020.

The pay rise will apply to all those on the Agenda for Change pay scale in England, and has been agreed with NHS Pay. The new pay structure will also see a reduction in the number of pay points in each band and remove overlap between bands. In addition, starting salaries are set to increase, and it is expected that staff will be able to progress to the top of the pay band more quickly.

“Though it was reported that staff would have to give up a day’s holiday as part of the deal, this is not the case, and members’ leave will remain the same,” said the RCN.

It is now urging members to vote for the proposed new pay scale, during the consultation running from April 23 to June 5. “The RCN believes this is the best deal that can be negotiated in a time of continued restraint on public sector spending,” it said.

While practice managers may be considering the implications for salaries for practice nurses, the BMA has also said that the new NHS pay deal means the Government “must now address the pay gap for doctors” through the doctors’ and dentists’ pay review body DDRB process.

“Ongoing pay restraint has seen doctors’ pay fall by around 20% over the last decade, leading to staff shortages and impacting on patient care,” said Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair. “The Government must acknowledge the hard work and dedication of doctors in the context of several years of below inflation pay increases and reflect this in a fair deal for our members.

“We will be examining the details of this announcement for any potential impact on our members.”

Links:
RCN announcement     
RCN Nursing Pay information   
NHS Pay           
BMA announcement    

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