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Nurses’ fury over York Hospital bosses’ pay rises
PAY rises for York Hospital bosses are demoralising for nurses and staff facing possible pay freezes for a third year, the national body representing nurses has said.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has criticised the £85,000 in pay rises given between five York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust bosses last year, and accused the Trust of double standards.
The RCN has said the raises are unjustified and demoralising when frontline staff have seen their wages fall in real terms.
Glenn Turp, the RCN’s regional director in Yorkshire, said: “I’m astounded. Nurses and health care assistants have had a two-year pay freeze since 2011 and are now potentially facing another freeze for the next year as the Government says it may not be able to afford a mere one per cent rise. In real terms this has been a pay cut for frontline staff.
“Everyone has rising bills to pay and many RCN members are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.
“We know this trust has inherited significant debts from the former Primary Care Trust and needs to make more savings next year, so it is difficult to see how this pay award can be justified. It really seems true that there is one rule for the frontline and another rule for the boardroom”.
Speaking when the pay figures were revealed, a Trust spokesman said their executive director salaries were in line with similar organisations.
Salaries were reviewed when the York and Scarborough Trusts merged and the higher salaries reflected the “increased size and complexity of the organisation, and the demands this placed on them”.
He said: “Hospital staff (excluding doctors and directors) have a national pay system called Agenda for Change, and inflation-related pay uplifts are agreed each year. In addition to this, the majority of staff on the Agenda for Change system receive an annual incremental pay increase as they progress along the pay scales. Doctors also have their pay determined nationally. Last year most NHS staff received an uplift to their pay of around one per cent.”
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