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Staff survey reveals pay gripe

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Nearly half of nurses and midwives are unhappy with their pay, according to the latest NHS staff survey.

The research, conducted bythe Healthcare Commission, found 48% of the 46,000 registered nurses and midwives questioned were either dissatisfied or extremely dissatisfied with
their pay.

Overall figures from all NHS staff groups showed 45% were unhappy about their pay.

The findings, published this week, come as staff across the NHS wait for an announcemnt about their pay rise for the 2008–2009 financial year.

An announcement from the government on nurses’ pay is imminent, NT has learnt.

The NHS Pay Review Body (PRB), the independent body that makes a recommendation for the pay rise due to most non-medical staff, finally submitted its report to
government after weeks of delays last Friday (4 April).

The pay rise is announced in the House of Commons within a few weeks of the report being submitted following a parliamentary question.

Parliament is currently in recess until 21 April, making an announcement likely towards the end of the month.

Barrie Brown, head of nursing at Unite/CPHVA, said: ‘We had the staged pay award last year and this has been reflected in the response from the survey.

‘There is also the matter of where people have ended up on their Agenda for Change pay band, which might have influenced the outcome,’ he said. ‘That is a good basis for a significant proportion of nurses to feel hard done by.’

Other findings from the survey show that 38% of nurses and midwives are considering leaving their job, a slight increase from last year.

And the pressure on services is still intense, with 29% of urses and midwives describing working relationships as ‘strained’.

Incidence of violence from patients has decreased slightly compared with last year’s survey – down from 19% to 17%.

Nurses also remained satisfied with infection control measures, with a total of 91% saying that their trust provided sufficient handwashing facilities.

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