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28 November 2002

AMICUS, THE HEALTH UNION, WELCOMES AGENDA FOR CHANGE

  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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NOTE FOR NEWS EDITORS Roger Spiller is available until 6.00pm tonight (Thursday, 28 November)) on these numbers for additional comment. 01379 898669 (home) and 07768 693935 (mobile) Shaun Noble, Amicus-MSF/CPHVA communications officer can be contacted on 020 7939 7043 or 07768 693940 (mobile)

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information, please contact:

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site: amicus-cphva.org

 

The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UKís second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

For further information, please contact:

Ann Owen ( 07768 931 297

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site: amicus-cphva.org

 The CPHVA represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UKís second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

NOTE FOR NEWS DESKS

For further information, please contact

Shaun Noble Press Officer (020) 7939 7043 Mobile 0468 69 39 40 MSF

press releases can be seen on our web site: www.msf.org.uk

Amicus/MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

Amicus/MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's second largest union.

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