Regional pay debated by MPs

The Royal College of Nursing has said it is encouraged that the issue of regional pay is being given the attention it deserves by MPs.

There was a Westminster Hall debate on regional pay in the south west, which gave MPs the opportunity to debate and receive a response from a Government minister. There was also an Opposition Day debate on regional pay in the NHS which culminated in a House of Commons vote.

Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, said: “It is encouraging that this issue is being given the attention it deserves by MPs and it shows that many share our concern that regional pay is little more than an attack on the hard work of nurses. Punishing our members by reducing the pay of those that live and work in a less affluent area is grossly unfair and will cause a skills drain. The resulting impact on patient care will be severe.

“We applaud the MPs of all parties who are standing with us to oppose this move. It is very clear that the arguments against regional pay are now coming from all sides.”