UK nurses and doctors receive pay boost
- By: Linda Beecham
About 60000 experienced nurses in the United Kingdom have been awarded a 7.8% increase (worth up to £1390 ($2224) a year) to improve career progression and reward skill and experience. This means that from 1 April the basic pay of an experienced staff nurse outside London will rise to about £19220.
The nurses' pay review body, which made the recommendation, has also proposed that another 5500 enrolled and auxiliary nurses should get a 7% increase. Other nurses, mid- wives, and health visitors will receive a 3.4% increase.
Announcing the recommendations, which the government has accepted in full, the health secretary, Alan Milburn, said that the increase for nurses was high “set against the current headline inflation rate and more than we are expecting for pay settlements in the public sector generally.”
But he said that the rises to many of the nurses who deliver hands-on patient care “recognise and value