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Union News C.O.H.S.E.The Staff Side of the Nurses and Midwives' council has submitted a statement to the Pay Board in respect of pay for nurses and midwives on the basis of relativities with other classes. Calling for 'an immediate and vide-ranging enquiry into the pay levels and pay structure of the nursing and midwifery professions', the statement asks for comparative examination of skill, responsibility and pay between nursing and a broad range of jobs inside and outside of the NHS. The Staff Side feels that changes in the NHS have raised the scope of nursing and increased the demand for nursing work of high quality, and this has not been reflected in the salary levels. Also, levels of payment for work at socially inconvenient hours compare unfavourably with rates found in occupations outside the NHS, and are also much lower than rates for other groups within the Health Service. The statement also calls for recognition that increases in nurses and midwives' pay are necessary if current manpower shortages - particularly of trained staff - are to be eliminated. The case for an enquiry includes the present lack of a coherent pay structure covering all types of work and levels of responsibility in nursing. Furthermore, the developments occasioned by Salmon, Briggs and the integration of the NHS are bringing about changes in responsibilities without accompanying recognition of the implications for pay.
Salaries in the Re-organised NHSThe Negotiationg Committee or the Staff Side of the Nurses 'and Midwives' Council met representatives of the Management Side on August 21st, 1973 to further discuss salaries for senior nursing posts in the Re-organised NHS. The Staff Side considered an improved offer and in particular relativities between the revised figures and improved salaries for administrative staff, which, it was understood, has been accepted. In view of the wide differences remaining between the proposed pay of nurses and administrators at each level - £1,000 at the minimum level and over £2,500 at the maximum level - the Staff Side felt compelled to reject the revised offer as acceptance of such disparity would, in their view, have betrayed the principle of equality clearly set out in the Management Arrangements for the Re-organised NHS. The Management Side explained that they were not authorised to improve on the new offer and they would therefore have to report the position to the Secretary of State. They confirmed that the outcome of the meeting did not prejudice their offer of a thorough evaluation of the new posts not later than April 1975, though at this stage it was not possible to forecast the nature of the evaluation.
Branch Meeting, Tuesday 9th October 1973, at 9.00 p.m.
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