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Row over Agenda for Change pay deal as some nurses are worse off

A row has broken out over the proposed three-year Agenda for Change pay deal agreed earlier this year.

Following the lifting of the 1% pay cap by the government, a three-year deal was negotiated between NHS Employers and the unions.

Eventually union members voted for the deal believing that it was worth a 6.5% uplift in pay over the three years.

However, the pay rates which have now been published by the Government don’t appear to be the same as those that were voted on.

There is confusion over the cost of living increase and the annual increment, and whether the pay will be back dated.

It seems that the cost of living increase and the annual increment will be paid on the anniversary of when people started working in the NHS.

It has prompted the Royal College of Nursing to issue an immediate apology to members.

Janet Davies, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, said: “It has come to my attention in the last 24 hours that the three year pay deal for NHS staff in England, agreed earlier this year, was not as straightforward as we said.

“For that, I want to offer you a sincere personal apology.”

She thought all members would receive a 3% uplift this summer. “I now find that this is not the case for everyone,” she says, adding that she is angry and dismayed.

The RCN explained that from July 2018, those staff at the top of their bands, can expect to receive an increase of 3% in their pay packets, with backdated pay from April 2018 being awarded in August.

However, the initial increase for some other staff from July 2018 will be less than 3%, typically 1.5%, until their increment date.

Furthermore, the pay rise did not factor-in the impact of increased pension contributions that have the impact of reducing pay, despite the increase.

This follows the new Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, saying in his first address that “I promise I will do everything I can to defend you and champion all the hard working staff who make our NHS what it is today.”

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