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A small step forward

 Janet Davies 22 Nov 2017 Chief Executive and General Secretary

Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary, reflects on today’s Budget announcements.

Budget 2017
Today, the Chancellor Philip Hammond said he’d support a pay rise for nursing staff in England in 2018/2019, but only after successful talks on contract reform and “productivity increases”.
He said this would be funded by extra money, not paid out of current NHS budgets.
While this isn’t a clear commitment to a future fair pay increase, we must view it as a victory for our members and a small step forward. 
This summer, tens of thousands of you, across the UK, have joined our campaign – first to scrap the cap and then to close the gap created by years of real-terms pay cuts.
And your voices have been heard. 
You helped put nursing pay on the political agenda.
Without your determined efforts, nursing pay and NHS funding may not have been part of this Budget.
But what made me pause was the Chancellor’s talk of linking a pay rise with productivity. 
How much more productive can nursing staff be?
The NHS has been running on the goodwill of its staff for too long and this goodwill cannot last indefinitely. 
Your pay has fallen further and further below the cost of living for the last seven years. 
You cannot be stretched any further. 
Now the pay cap has been scrapped, you deserve a meaningful pay rise.
In the coming months, the UK Government will take recommendations from the Pay Review Body about what the next pay award should be, with a decision expected in spring 2018.
It’s time for the NHS Pay Review Body to be genuinely independent of government and to be given the freedom to recommend a pay award that truly values the work you do.

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Janet Davies

Janet Davies

Former RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary

Janet began her nursing career in Manchester and gained experience in acute, mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained experience in leadership, before being RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary from 2015 to August 2018.

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