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Josie Irwin: Government must fund above-inflation pay award, not pass the buck

The scrapping of the 1% pay cap shows that Jeremy Hunt has listened to nurses. But this does not mean the battle for fair pay is over, says RCN lead pay negotiator Josie Irwin.
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The scrapping of the 1% pay cap shows that Jeremy Hunt has listened to nurses. But this does not mean the battle for fair pay is over, says RCN lead pay negotiator Josie Irwin

I would like to be able to say that RCN staff and members gave a huge cheer when the health secretary used our campaign slogan to tell MPs that the pay cap was scrapped, but politicians’ repeated failures to keep promises have made us all cynical.

When our summer of protest was launched in June, nursing staff could not have imagined just how successful the ‘scrap the cap’ campaign would be in winning public support. A government that began the summer saying there was no magic money tree for the NHS and insisting

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