Readers panel: Is scrapping the pay cap an empty gesture if future pay rises are linked to productivity?
When health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that the 1% pay cap for NHS staff had been scrapped, he said future pay rises could be linked to productivity improvements. Nursing Standard readers have their say
Jane Scullion ( @JaneScullion ) is a respiratory nurse consultant in Leicester
The news that the 1% pay cap is being scrapped should be met with jubilation after years of nurses’ pay lagging behind inflation, the cost of living and other pay rises, including that of MPs. But the devil is in the detail. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has not said how big the rise will be, or if extra money will be allocated to the NHS to fund it. As for linking it to productivity improvements, is this just artful deception on the part of the government?
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