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Hype over £100,000 nurse salary is 'insult' to majority of NHS nursing staff

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The head of a health care staff agency has hit out at claims in the national media that NHS nurses are earning bumper salaries.

The Sunday Times reported that a NHS nurse had broken the £100,000 barrier for the first time. The nurse consultant in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, had doubled her basic salary of £50,000 by working overtime under an NHS initiative to bring down waiting lists, according to the report.

The newspaper said that figures it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act suggest ‘dozens of NHS nurses now earn more than £60,000 a year’.

But Richard MacMillan, chief executive of the health care staff recruitment agency PULSE, said: ‘The suggestion that nurses are financially prospering from government initiatives is completely misleading and an insult to the thousands of nurses who dedicate their career to caring for the most vulnerable in our communities.

‘While a minority of specialist consultants may receive higher than average salaries, the reality is that the average staff nurse earns around £25,000 per annum,’ he said.

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