RCN tells review body 'pay restraint must end'
The RCN has given evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (RB), which will make recommendations on nurses’ pay levels to the government for 2017/18.
The college highlights issues including nursing shortages, the removal of student bursaries, staff morale, recruitment and retention, and the possible impact of Brexit on the profession.
The RCN wants the RB to recommend removing the 1%-a-year pay award restriction. The college also wants the RB to support the pay claim of NHS Staff Side, which is made up of representatives from health unions and is calling for:
- A return to a UK-wide pay scale using Scotland as a reference point.
- A restructuring of bands 1-3 to pay the living wage and maintain pay differentials.
- A pay award in line with the retail price index applied equally to all Agenda for Change staff.
Last year, the RCN highlighted...
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