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RCN seeks rep views on pay changes


The Royal College of Nursing is surveying its local and regional representatives on some of the early proposals put forward by NHS Employers to alter the Agenda for Change contract.

A wider consultation of nurses and midwives on proposed changes to pay and terms and conditions is due to begin next month.

The proposals include reduced automatic pay progression for newly qualified nurses, while all other bands would have a ceiling imposed on their pay and incremental rises discretionary and based on performance. Staff who work out of hours and are off sick would have their pay cut to the basic rate.

Josie Irwin, RCN head of employment relations, said the results of the survey would help the unions’ NHS “staff side” council decide how to respond to the proposals.

“After long negotiations with NHS Employers, the national staff side now needs to find out what local reps think,” she said. “We urgently need your thoughts on the proposals.”

The RCN last week also published a briefing paper for MPs on local and regional pay in the NHS.



Readers' comments (5)

  • here we go again!!!

    lets attack the nurses pay, while managers chief execs etc, who dont work out of hours, keep their pay

    tell them where to stick it

    but the rcn will probably roll over as usual

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  • is this how all the organisations associated with 'para' health care justify their existence with one survey, investigation and report after another. hasn't enough evidence now been gathered on all the these various studies to take some action on or have all the previous ones been forgotten about gathering dust in some vaults under their buildings?

    as the years go by and new people join the forces wider and even wider consultations will be needed ad infinitum?

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  • from Anonymous | 25-Jun-2012 12:14 pm

    in my comment above I mean that the organisations are 'para' to health care and not that the health care itself is 'para'. I may not have made this very clear as it is a term I do not have to use very often but I think one of the problems is there are too many of these 'para' organisations all tripping over each others' feet without anybody really knowing or understanding what the others are doing, and still the jobs are not being done! it strikes me as totally inefficient and an enormous waste of resources. why aren't all these people running around with their clipboards actually doing something which matters like nursing patients or if they are not nurses at least supporting them and running the services more effectively?

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  • I agree. So much avoidable waste of money in the healthcare system which we at the coal face can readily identify. We are never asked, and when we suggest cost savings we are ignored. Then we are told we are valued and appreciated so little that they would rather cut our pay than even look at alternative money saving ideas and efficiencies. Skilled people are flying out of the NHS for this reason. Soon there will be nobody left but the clipboarders.

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  • This is just another example of this government's knocking ordinary NHS staff to pay for their banker mates mess. Make them pay not us.

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