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Nurses furious at PM’s use of ‘selective figures’ to dodge pay debate

Boris Johnson accused of misrepresenting the 2018 pay deal for nurses during PMQs
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Boris Johnson accused of misrepresenting the 2018 pay deal for nurses during PMQs

Nurses have slammed prime minster Boris Johnson for claiming that nurses have had a 12.5% pay rise since 2018.

A number of angry tweets appeared on Twitter from nurses after Mr Johnson side-stepped calls for nurses to have a pay increase during yesterdays Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs).

Nurses angry as prime minister dodges question on NHS pay

Answering a call for the government to commit to fully fund a package ensuring nurses and other public sector workers are compensated for their work during COVID-19, the prime minster replied: We have just had an inflation-busting public sector pay rise.

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Boris Johnson accused of misrepresenting the 2018 pay deal for nurses during PMQs

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Nurses have slammed prime minster Boris Johnson for claiming that nurses have had a 12.5% pay rise since 2018.

A number of angry tweets appeared on Twitter from nurses after Mr Johnson side-stepped calls for nurses to have a pay increase during yesterday’s Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs).

Nurses angry as prime minister dodges question on NHS pay

Answering a call for the government to commit to ‘fully fund a package’ ensuring nurses and other public sector workers are compensated for their work during COVID-19, the prime minster replied: ‘We have just had an inflation-busting public sector pay rise.

‘And nurses alone, as part of the package that we agreed in 2018, had a 12.5% pay increase since then.’

Nurses took to Twitter to question the prime minister’s figures.

In April nurses received their third and final annual pay rise from the three-year deal agreed in 2018.

Donna Kinnair says prime minister has been 'highly selective with his figures'

About 1.3 million staff on the Agenda for Change contract have received at least a 6.5% pay increase over three years depending on their pay point and band level.

RCN general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair said that the ‘prime minster is being highly selective with his figures’.

She added: 'Nursing staff will not recognise his claims about their pay – least of all the most experienced and long-serving professionals at the top of their pay band.

‘Nursing staff are worse off now than they were ten years ago.’

Professor Kinnair also called on the government to look closely at the college’s call for a 12.5% pay increase this year.

Department of Health and Social Care response

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has said it is grateful for the dedication of nurses.

A DHSC spokesperson said: ‘Nurses are currently benefitting from the final year of a three-year pay and contract reform deal, agreed with trade unions, which has delivered year-on-year pay increases for nurses and increased the starting salary for a newly qualified nurse by over 12%.’

The DHSC said it will consider the independent NHS Pay Review Body’s recommendations and continue to listen to trade unions to ‘ensure everyone is rewarded fairly’.


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