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A decent pay rise for nurses may take more than public support this time

With competing demands on public funds, nurses need a tough strategy going into pay negotiations

With competing demands on public funds, nurses need a tough strategy going into pay negotiations

Chancellor Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street to deliver his summer statement Picture: Shutterstock

The summer ‘mini budget’ by chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak has set the tone for government funding. It is a high-spending approach, aimed at ‘saving jobs’ and kick-starting an economy scarred by COVID-19.

Political as well as economic decisions on what to prioritise

But money spent on big-ticket items means less left for other responsibilities.

Even before the announcement of a pay increase for public sector workers that excludes nurses, the Westminster government was giving out signals that a big pay rise for the profession may not be on the agenda. N urses weren’t included because their three-year pay deal


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