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18 December 2001

 

Pay rise paves way for future pay structures, says CPHVA
 
he "very significant" annual pay rise that health visitors and nurses have received points the way for the future pay structures in the NHS, the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association said today (18 December, 2001).
 
The CPHVA’s director, Jackie Carnell said: ‘This inflation busting pay rise is good news for our members and shows that the government continues to recognise the importance of adequately rewarded staff in the NHS.’
 
‘However, there is still some way to go until nurses reach the comparable pay rates of equivalent public sector employees, such as the police and teachers. Recruitment and retention still remains a problem – a factor that ministers have acknowledged in accepting the scale of the award.’
 
I am surprised that no extra money was made available for the recruitment and retention of health visitors and specialist community practitioners, while financial incentives to recruit GPs were announced.’
 
The CPHVA’s Head of Labour Relations, Barrie Brown said: ‘This rise goes a fair way to recognising the aspirations of health visitors and community nurses. It paves the way for further negotiations on future pay structures that are taking place under the umbrella of Agenda for Change which should see a radical revamping of pay grades in the NHS.’
 
He welcomed the encouraging 50% increase in stand-by and on call allowances for community psychiatric nurses. ‘This is long overdue, but also very welcome,’ he said.
 

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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union

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