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Readers' panel: Will the 6.5% nursing pay increase over three years be enough to ease the recruitment and retention crisis? 

Nurses in England have been offered minimum pay rises of 6.5% if they accept a new three-year pay deal which has been agreed by unions, employers and the government. Nursing Standard readers have their say
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Nurses in England have been offered minimum pay rises of 6.5% if they accept a new three-year pay deal which has been agreed by unions, employers and the government. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Liz Charalambous is a staff nurse and PhD student in Nottingham @lizcharalambou

It seems churlish to be sceptical when the government has finally agreed to a pay rise, and any increase is welcome. But nurses are still worse off in real-terms when you factor in the scrapping of the bursary, years of a pay cap, rising inflation, housing and travel costs. This is a great PR exercise for the Conservatives, but whether it will be enough to tackle the recruitment and retention crisis remains to be seen.

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