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Monday 15 January 2024

"Divisive" proposals will not fix NHS pay, says MiP

By MiP

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The UK government has opened a consultation to gather views on introducing a separate pay-spine for NHS nurses in England. If introduced, this would remove nurses from the Agenda for Change framework covering the vast majority of NHS staff, meaning their pay would not be determined collectively with colleagues across the NHS.

The consultation is open to individuals and organisations and the government will accept evidence until April 4 2024.

Commenting on the launch of the consultation, Jon Restell Chief Executive of Managers in Partnership said:

“Nurses, alongside all other NHS workers, rightly expect the government to pay them fairly for the work they do for the public. But fragmenting the Agenda for Change pay framework, pitting different staff groups against each other, will not lead to the improvements needed for all staff.

“It will only serve to diminish team morale and consign employers to years of legal disputes on equal pay claims.

“MiP recognises there are issues within Agenda for Change, not just in levels of pay but also around grading and career progression. These issues need to be addressed and that should be the focus of the government – not wasting time and resources on a divisive proposal that risks undermining the hard-fought terms and conditions of the entire NHS workforce.”

MiP will submit evidence to the consultation following further engagement with our National Committee and membership.

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