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Only a bully would demand more productivity from nurses

Anyone naive enough to think nurses might get a meaningful pay rise will have been brought down to earth by the proposed link to ‘productivity’, which in a nursing context can mean anything, says Jane Bates

Anyone naive enough to think nurses might get a meaningful pay rise will have been brought down to earth by the proposed link to ‘productivity’, which in a nursing context can mean anything, says Jane Bates

‘They used to have ward orderlies to do that,’ said a patient, as I handed out the teas. She was alluding to a bygone era of course, when nurses were just nursing rather than doing everyone else’s jobs as well.

We have somehow ended up doubling as doctors, ward clerks, porters… and tea ladies. This is alongside our own duties, yet it’s not like we’re getting any extra pay – far from it.

If any of us were naive enough to think that the intimations of a pay rise would actually deliver something meaningful, then the proposed link to ‘productivity’ will have knocked those hopes

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