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  • Comment on: Nurses 'realise pay rises are difficult' - RCN

    Jamie's comment 11 December, 2009 5:45 pm

    Anonymous - Flat rate pay increases do maintain pay differentials - percentage increases actually increase the differences favouring those at the higher end. For instance:

    someone on £15,000 getting a 1% pay rise will get £150

    someone on £30,000 would get £300.

    with a flat rate increase they could both be £225 pounds better off and the gap between the two would still be £15,000 - the pay differential is maintained.

  • Comment on: Nurses 'realise pay rises are difficult' - RCN

    Jamie's comment 10 December, 2009 6:58 pm

    There are ways to work with a 1% cap that even the RCN should be able to grasp!

    A flat rate increase for everyone (such as £500) - including the doctors - calculated at a level that means the total payroll budget increase is only 1% is one example (and that is just off the top of my head without evening thinking about it all you RCN pay negoiators!)

    This would ensure that those on the lowest pay, and therefore most in need of a pay rise, are the greatest beneficiaries.

    Lets just see what the RCN comes up with though shall we...

  • Comment on: How to… move into a community setting

    Jamie's comment 8 December, 2009 10:17 am

    Unfortunately, the PCT I work for seems to have an in-built bias that makes it very hard for acute sector nurses to be successful in getting a job with them. It seems that they favour students who have worked for them or those who accept posts on the nurse bank first (and those accepting temporary contracts).

    Whilst I feel that this is actually to the trusts detriment, meaning they are missing out on all the experience acute sector nurses could bring to the trust, it's the way it seems to be. Therefore, if you can join the bank, and get a few shifts under you belt, it would certainly to to help! It's all good experience too so not all together wasted.

  • Comment on: Minister says student bursary shake-up will increase diversity of nursing

    Jamie's comment 21 October, 2009 11:05 am

    This needs to be viewed in the context of very limited government money. The reality is that we simply don't pay enough taxes to fund everything we would like.
    If the decision is made to pay degree students whilst training then money will have to come from somewhere else, less nursing posts afterwards for instance. In that case I would to say my preference is not to pay degree students.
    Financial constraints are going to hit the NHS hard over the next few years. No body forces students to take the degree pathway and it is their choice, as for any student who undertakes higher education. Evidence shows those with a degree earn more, live longer, have healthier lives, are unemployed less etc and tha, in this less than perfect world, t is the payback for student debt

  • Comment on: RCN CONGRESS LATEST: Nurse chiefs support pay deal

    Jamie's comment 29 April, 2008 8:57 pm

    I too have rejected the pay offer. A single year deal of 2.75%, as recommended by the pay review body, I would accept but not this 3 year deal with the less than worthless 'resturcturing' of band 5 and 6.