Nurses pay deal gets positive response

first_imgThe Government’s decision to give nurses an inflation-busting pay rise hasbeen welcomed by the Association of Healthcare Human Resource Management. Alan Milburn, the Secretary of State for Health, announced that nurses,midwives and health visitors will get an across-the-board pay rise of 3.6 percent from April. Sally Storey, immediate past president of AHHRM, said the deal made senseconsidering the staff problems the NHS is facing. “It is what we asked for. The overall view within the NHS is it isstruggling to recruit and retain staff. We wanted an increase mod- estly aheadof inflation that would give the correct signals to existing staff and those wewant to recruit,” she said. But Storey stressed that better pay alone will not help the NHS attract andkeep nursing staff. She added, “We must strike the right balance. Pay is not the onlyanswer to retaining staff. In fact, when recruiting and in exit interviews, payis often way down the list. “Flexibility and control over working life are the reasons why staffstay.” Marie Cleary, HR manager at Poole Hospital NHS Trust, agreed that the payrise would act as an incentive to join the nursing profession. “This is a real recognition of the value of nursing staff in the healthservice and will help us to recruit and keep our nurses. Improved pay willencourage access to nurse training and for working in the health service to beseen as a real career option,” she said. As a result of the pay deal, a newly qualified nurse’s salary will rise from£15,445 to £16,005 a year outside London and from £19,178 to £19,873 a year inLondon. The Royal College of Nursing and Unison complained the rise still leavestheir members behind other public sector employees. Nurses pay deal gets positive responseOn 8 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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