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The big question: will the nursing profession respond to attacks on pay?


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?


Readers' comments (7)

  • We want fair pay based on both health and social care provision. The most important roles looking after others needs. We do not want a race to the bottom! Look after our professionals so that they can look after others.

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  • "Will the profession respond to further attacks on Agenda for Change?"

    The "profession" will moan and gossip in the time honoured fashion !

    A positive, co-ordinated, determined and assertive response ?

    No chance !

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  • michael stone

    'How will the profession respond to further attacks on Agenda for Change?'

    Rumour has it (since I've just started it) that Tink has been reading up on Guy Fawkes not as historical study, but more as a training manual, so we await developments with interest !

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  • Tiger Girl

    michael stone | 8-Jul-2013 3:00 pm

    Don't give Tinkerbell ideas!

    Anyway, I'm sure Tinkerbell is more up to date than that.

    As everyone is monitoring everything these days, I'm told, GCHQ has probably now got its eye on both you and Tinkerbell.

    Assuming GCHQ has got anyone left who isn't monitoring the Pulse 'site!

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  • tinkerbell

    I only suggested that JH (the clown) should be launched into outer space where he could do the least harm, I then posted him as a clown and then realised I am quite disturbed by clowns, another phobia to add to my list.

    There'll be nobody taking me off to the tower as I can easily change shape.

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  • michael stone

    Having 'drifted' to the 'spying on emails' story, there is something interesting about that.

    Traditionally 'computer power' doubles within every couple of years or thereabouts, but if you think about it, the number of electronic messages written and sent can only increase in line with the number of people in the world (at maximum). We (humanity) can only write so many messages in a day, and the ability to store messages is growing much faster than the ability to create messages.

    At some point, it would in theory be fairly easy to store every message sent by anyone in the entire world: but reading this mass of stuff, is trickier.

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  • We only accept in this life what we are prepared to put up with !!
    The exodus and consequent shortage of nurse should speak for itself !!

    Enough is enough !!

    Wake up Mr Cameron and Co. !!

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