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Letter: Nurses' pay is in a worse state than 20 years ago

The Pay Review Body has been failing nurses for years, says Mike Travis

The Pay Review Body has been failing nurses for years, says Mike Travis.

The reality of political debate is there are rarely any really 'new ' ideas.

I've been having a clear out at home and came across a letter that I wrote to Nursing Standard in 1999 (see below) when Id just been elected to RCN council.

We had the old Whitley-based Clinical Nurse Grading pay system. We were wedded to the Pay Review Body just as we are today, and it was failing nurses just as it is today: it wasn't truly independent and employers were fixated with cost-containment remind you of anything?

But our pay now is in an even worse state than in 1999. And the arguments we used then (and that I reflected in my

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The Pay Review Body has been failing nurses for years, says Mike Travis.

The reality of political debate is there are rarely any really 'new ' ideas.

I've been having a clear out at home and came across a letter that I wrote to Nursing Standard in 1999 (see below) when I’d just been elected to RCN council.

Letter to NS
A letter from 1999 that could almost have been 
written today...

We had the old Whitley-based Clinical Nurse Grading pay system. We were wedded to the Pay Review Body just as we are today, and it was failing nurses just as it is today: it wasn't truly independent and employers were fixated with cost-containment – remind you of anything?

But our pay now is in an even worse state than in 1999. And the arguments we used then (and that I reflected in my letter) are as relevant today as they were nearly 20 years ago!

Mike Travis

RCN activist

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