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Scrapping pay cap will help tackle staff shortages, Pay Review Body told

Scrapping the 1% nursing pay cap will help to tackle staffing shortages, the government has told the NHS Pay Review Body
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Scrapping the 1% nursing pay cap will help to tackle staffing shortages, the government has told the NHS Pay Review Body

The 1% nursing pay cap will be scrapped to help tackle staffing shortages, the government has told the NHS Pay Review Body (RB).

In written evidence to the RB, the Department of Health and Social Care says ‘greater pay flexibility, in return for improved productivity, may be needed to address recruitment and retention problems’.

The document, published last week to inform the Agenda for Change pay deal for 2018-19 acknowledges that an increasing number of nurses are leaving in most areas and the number of applicants to nursing courses has dropped since the bursary was removed.

Public sector pay needs to be more flexible while being fair and affordable, according to the evidence.

This reaffirms the

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