Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?
This year we are kicking off a new slightly tongue-in-cheek section called Heroes and Villains.
Heroes and Villains
Each month, we will be taking a generally light-hearted look at who have been the stand-out “goodies” and the “baddies” for nursing and healthcare over the last few weeks.
Let us know if you agree with our choices for April and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).
Exclusive: Survey reveals anger and concern over agency rule
Neonatal nurse Bridget Catterall was a key player in the successful campaign that recently saw NHS Improvement row back on unpopular new rules that were set to ban permanent NHS staff from working extra agency shifts at neighbouring trusts from 1 April. She was instrumental in quickly setting up a survey that revealed the potential impact of the ban on nurses if it had been brought in, which undoubtedly helped lead to the regulator to “pause” its plans “until further notice”. She also shared the results with Nursing Times so we could share them with you, our readers.
Department of Health
Health minister Lord James O’Shaughnessy gets the vote this month as the government fall guy given the job of accepting the NHS Pay Review Body’s recommendation of yet another 1% pay rise for nurses on behalf of his pals at the Department of Health. However, we could quite easily have chosen Scottish health secretary Shona Robison or Welsh health secretary Vaughan Gething who did the announcing in their respective countries. But it was the fact the peer said he was “pleased” to accept the 1% recommendation that stuck in the throat.The Government is pleased to accept its recommendations for a 1 per cent increase to all Agenda for Change pay points from 1 April 2017