Cumbrian nurses finally get equal pay cash

Hundreds of female nurses in Cumbria are finally set to receive thousands of pounds in compensation after an eight-year equal pay battle.

Under the deal, 600 nurses at North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will receive one-off payments to bring them in line with similar male-dominated roles, reports Nursing Times.

The trust agreed to pay the women the higher salaries after experts ruled that they were doing work equal in value to traditionally male-dominated NHS jobs.

Some of the nurses, who were all expecting to receive payments back in August 2005, could receive up to £240,000, according to their union, Unison.

The trust, which agreed the out-of-court settlement last March, said it would not have to bear the cost of the deal.

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