Nursing Times has been told ministers and the NHS Employers organisation will seek further alterations to Agenda for Change within the next three years.
This announcement follows the government’s spending review, which unveiled £11.5bn worth of public sector cuts.
George Osborne announced annual pay rises for public sector staff, including nurses, would be held at 1% in 2015-16.
The spending review document, published after the Chancellor’s statement to MPs, stated: “Most health staff will be subject to local performance standards which will link progression pay more closely to performance, not time served, and the government will seek further reforms.”
A Department of Health spokesman confirmed to Nursing Times that this was a specific reference to Agenda for Change and the framework would be kept “under review to ensure it is fit for purpose”.
In recent months Nursing Times has reported a growing appetite among NHS trusts to seek further savings from the one million staff linked to Agenda for Change.
How will the profession respond to further attacks on Agenda for Change?