Opportunity and risks for nurses with prospect of multi-year pay deal

The first of a Nursing Standard series on pay looks at one possible outcome of the 2018 pay negotiations – a multi-year deal

The first of a Nursing Standard series on pay looks at one possible outcome of the 2018 pay negotiations – a multi-year deal

  • Government wants NHS Pay Review Body to consider a multi-year offer
  • RCN sees opportunity to reach a deal that lifts nurses out of pay restraint
  • Long-term deal could include a clause that triggers revision if inflation spikes

Nurses’ unions say a multi-year pay deal signalled by the government could work if it contained competitive benefits and lifted pay – but there are risks attached.

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed in December that the government would be calling for a multi-year agreement in negotiations on the 2018 pay round for nurses.

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt. Picture: Neil O’Connor

This followed Mr Hunt’s announcement in parliament last October


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