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Control of nurses’ pay handed to employers


NHS organisations will be handed control over nurses’ pay under ambitious plans to reform the NHS announced by health secretary Andrew Lansley yesterday.

The government white paper Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS says that pay decisions should be “led by healthcare employers rather than imposed by the government”.

It says that in future all individual employers will have the right to determine pay for their own staff, as is the case for foundation trusts.

Under the new plans, employers will also be responsible for leading negotiations on new employment contracts and will take the lead in providing advice on staffing and cost pressures.

The white paper also outlines plans to give employers “greater autonomy and accountability” for planning and developing the workforce, and “greater professional ownership of the quality of education and training”.


Readers' comments (39)

  • How about all of us Delphine?

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  • i am definately up for a new nurses union which supports safe practice and pay which reflects talent, commitment and results... so many nurses do not support the rcn as a union because they are flakey... we need an independant body solely run by nurses for nurses

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  • Yep I'm up fot that. sod the self serving RCN and wishy washy unison with their false teeth! Where do I sign up?

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  • I work in primary care and practice nurses are often not employed by NHS but by GPs. This is already a lottery and it shocks me that more power is thought to be in good hands by GPs when they cannot get their own house in order. Even on the old system we have nurses not being given their rights of employment and the GPs just flaunt it knowing nothing is done. This new way proposed just supports a system that needed more National structure, not less!

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  • Hmm, it isn't that I agree with you Anonymous | 19-Jul-2010 12:11 pm, (just see my previous comments), but I was thinking, perhaps this will force them to get their house in order? Especially if Nurses start to order them to do so.

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  • I agree with Sharon it is time that nurses stuck together for a united front fighting for the frontline workers. My employers in the South West will surely feel that we should be on a lower pay scale and further learning and education is harder each year to achieve. I would certainly be happy to 'spread the word' in my Trust and get people on board for a union that will uphold the interest of nursing staff.

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  • Anonymous | 19-Jul-2010 8:46 pm, exactly.

    That is why I believe the time is right for action.

    Of course individual trusts and GP's are essentially going to try and stiff us over pay and training.

    But they can only get away with that IF we let them.

    GP's and individual employers are surely an easier opponent than the government?

    Strike action or countrywide rallies, a new Nurses union and the dismantling of the RCN, and better pay, working conditions and status for Nurses! It CAN happen!!!!

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  • PClayton

    Nurses union run by nurses is they way forward!! We have to stick up for ourselves because no one else is going to.

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  • I very much agree with most of the comments above, we need a union that will represent Nurses, RCN and the so call Nurse representatives have all let us down, most of their staff earn fat pay, NMC now force us to maintain their objectivs, Nurses are penalised for simple mistakes, litigation is almost a norm against Nurses, at a stroke of a pen, a Nurse carreer can be ended, yet the government or NHS will not pay what we merit, Nurses training never stops, right from the day start to the day we retire, surely we need our voice to be heard and not be silenced by quangos. Mike

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