A round-up of news from the professional journals
Blair vows to up nurses’ pay
Prime Minister Tony Blair has admitted that nurses’ pay is too low and vowed
to increase it. He said wages were especially inadequate in London and areas
where house prices are high.
Mr Blair made the comments in response to a joint letter by leading public
service figures – including RCN general secretary Beverly Malone – calling for
better pay and strategies to boost morale among public servants.
27 February 2002
Join the team
Health Secretary Alan Milburn has launched a recruitment campaign to tempt
more support staff back to the NHS under the slogan "join the team and
make a difference". Television and press advertisements costing £3.2m will
run for four to six weeks, featuring the role of the entire NHS team involved
in a patient’s recovery.
13 February 2002
Nearly half of the new ‘super nurse’ posts created in England are still
unfilled with some NHS trusts forced to use charity cash to help recruit nurses
into the positions. The DoH has admitted more than 40 per cent of nurse
consultant posts approved up to and including August 2001 were unfilled.
7 February 2002