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28 November 2002



Amicus welcomes the progress reported in the Secretary of Stateís statement on NHS pay and conditions, this afternoon. A more rational approach to pay reflecting the principles of Equal Value , equal pay for equal work, have been at the heart of Amicusís pay campaigns for 30 years.
The statement today sets out the broad principles of the way forward. More detail concerning the placing of actual jobs in the salary framework and the details of protection arrangements will be resolved over the next month. The principles of Equal Value dictate that all employment conditions are the same for all staff. Amicus recognises that some of its members will be adversely affected by having to increase their hours
by up to 2.5 hours per week, over an eight year period. This is the cause of severe reservations by those members.
By the end of the protection period we would hope to have agreed a reduction in the working week. Roger Spiller, Head of Health for Amicus said
"The report published today reflects many of the arguments Amicus has made over the years for a better method of paying
its highly skilled and professional staff in the NHS. The new system will undoubtedly need refining during the implementation
period but should be robust enough to last for many years. Progress so far will enable staff to better develop their skills and
the delivery of a better service to the patient and be properly rewarded for doing so. The failure of the Doctors and Dentists to
participate in the process is deplored by other NHS staff and will limit the continuing development of flexibility among the workforce,
which is essential if improved services and higher quality are to be delivered to the patient."  



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The CPHVA - the UKís 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