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One in seven children with a parent working in the public sector will be living in relative poverty by April, according to analysis by a trade union body.
Pay talks have reached a point where the Department of Health and Social Care believes that nurse pay should increase but the Treasury still needs convincing that any rise in wages should be “meaningful”, the head of the Royal College of Nursing has revealed.
The government has said it wants the next pay award for nurses and other Agenda for Change staff to “recognise their hard work” but that the overall package must be “fair and also affordable”.
Royal College of Nursing leaders have told union activists that they believe they are “making headway” in efforts to boost nurse pay and that “now is not the time” to ballot over strike action.
Unit closures, fears for safety and major financial constraints are all impacting on the quality of maternity care, warn heads of midwifery in a survey.
Nurses must be given a pay rise at least in line with inflation or the “exodus” of staff from the health service will continue, the Royal College of Nursing has warned the body which reviews NHS pay.
The Scottish government has revealed its draft financial plans for the next financial year, including pay rises above 1% for nursing staff and confirming the continuation of bursaries for student nurses.
NHS nurses and other health and social care staff in Northern Ireland are to finally receive the 1% pay rise due them for 2017-18, it has been announced.
Proposals to reform NHS nurses’ contracts as part of pay negotiations have clashed with comments made by Labour MPs earlier this week, who described the government’s approach as “shameful”.
The health secretary has written to the chair of the NHS pay review body triggering the start of talks on wage increases for nurses and other NHS staff, alongside potential contract changes.