Analysis

Movement on nurse shortages and a pay battle not quite won: what’s in store for 2018

Nursing experts give their views on issues likely to shape the profession’s agenda in the coming year

Nursing experts give their views on issues likely to shape the profession’s agenda in the coming year

Pay

The 1% pay cap has been lifted after seven years, and the independent NHS Pay Review Body (RB) is expected to make its recommendations to the government on nurses’ pay in early 2018.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised there will be funds available to cover a pay rise for nurses, but Whitehall wants increases to be linked to productivity.

RCN chief executive Janet Davies told Nursing Standard: ‘When nurses are regularly staying at work unpaid after 12-hour shifts, it is wrong for the chancellor to suggest linking a pay rise to increased productivity or reform.’

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