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Why NHS pay increase needs to mark the start of better deals for all the UK's nurses

With pay rises agreed for England's NHS, nurses outside Agenda for Change and those in the rest of the UK will want to know when they'll get theirs
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With pay rises agreed for England's NHS, nurses outside Agenda for Change and those in the rest of the UK will want to know when they'll get theirs

The news that NHS nurses in England will soon get their most significant pay rise in a decade is good for many – but what’s next with the profession’s campaign for fair pay everywhere in the UK, outside as well as within the NHS?

The NHS deal will bring many of England’s NHS nurses a pay increase of at least 6.5% over the next three years . However, nurses working in the independent sector, for local authorities, GP practices or who are otherwise not on Agenda for Change (AfC) contracts, will not receive this uplift.

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