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Ministers say nurses' pay must be capped at 2%

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The government has called for nurses’ pay to be capped at 2% in the next financial year, Nursing Times has learned.
In evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body, which recommends a pay rise for most non-medical staff in the health service, the government said nurses should receive a 2% pay rise.

In evidence to a separate pay review body for doctors, the government said dentists and hospital doctors should receive 1.5% and GPs should have a pay freeze.

But Kevin Coyne, head of health for the Unite union, said the government must not stage the pay award as it did this year.

‘We want to avoid the situation where ministers indicate what they will award before the PRB started its deliberations in earnest,’ he said.

‘What is the point of having an independent PRB, if ministers ultimately reject its findings, as they did this year? We are confident that the PRB will make its recommendations independently based on the merits of the evidence, and not by pre-emptive ministerial dictat. We call on ministers to honour the PRB findings when they are announced by March next year.’
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