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Nurses respond to calls for pay freeze

  • 4 Comments readers have been responding to proposals that could give nurses immunity from redundancy if they agreed to have their Agenda for Change pay increments frozen.

The following is a selection of comments posted on the story, which was reported in this week’s Nursing Times.

“This is absolutely ridiculous, why yet again penalise the hard working staff who do not get any other rewards… What about targeting the fat managers and executives who spend their time at meetings but don’t seem to achieve much.”

“Yet again, the nurses are being held to ransom. The majority of nurses are already struggling to keep up with inflation. The cost of living is soaring with no let up predicted for five years. We work hard and support our organisations by doing all those extra things that ensure that it continues to work. If we all stopped putting in the extra time, doing the things that weren’t officially part of our jobs, we know the system would fail.”

“As usual, lower paid staff are getting squeezed whilst the highly paid just get more and more. It’s madness!”

“Those of us who were working for the NHS in the 80s have seen this all before… This kind of treatment was what fuelled a mass exodus of nurses from the UK.”

“It’s time to re-look at the top managers’ pay and terms and conditions, what these people are paid is wrong, it’s unfair and they certainly are not doing the job that they are paid to do.”

“I know it’s hard when people have mortgages and bills to pay, but if we accept these changes to our terms and conditions then we give our employers carte blanche to do as they please… We’ve been too soft for too long and need to fight back!”

“We should call their bluff! They know they can’t do without us!”

“I’m at the top of my pay band, but am very sad to say for the first time in my career that I would support strike action if incremental freezes were introduced.”

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  • Why not try freezing the earnings of those in the higher paybands and not those who are in the lower bands. This would make those belonging to the lower paybands stay and continue to offer their services to the patients.

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  • i think its ridiculous that the hard working nurses on the "shop floor" get penalised yet again. shouldn't we be looking at the managers and exectutives to see how their salaries should be reduced, i'm sure that they can take a pay cut or freeze to ensure that their trust is working at their optimum and providing an excellent service to the patients.

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  • I was a hca for 20yrs and then went on to do my nursing degree and my teaching and assessing i will be starting uni again in nov2010, we now have a pay freeze for qualified nursing staff, while the unqualified still maintain a wage rise, dont get me wrong I am very protective of the hca having been one for many years, but how can our very little gap between the 2 get even smaller, i agree with the posts above that the middle management needs a big shake up and alot of dead wood getting rid of, BUT how long will we all be working for the NHS I worked for a PCT up until recently which has now sold us out to a private company and have been told there will be no pay rises as all profit will go back into the company and that they will take a very small amount out of our wage so they can state we are share holders lol.... but we cant sell if the price goes up Mmmm we are such mugs as nurses we accept everything that is thrown at us, can you imagine this happening to the teachers... no as they have good unions behind them

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