Nurses lag behind police in public sector pay stakes

A newly qualified nurse’s salary is almost £4,000 less per year than that of a new police constable despite training for longer, government figures show.

The annual survey of NHS staff earnings in England, published last week, shows D-grade nurses earned an average basic salary of £18,000 in August last year after three years’ training.

Police constables earn £22,107 after completing a two-year training programme and receive a salary before being accepted by the service.

The Association of Nursing Students said the figures would anger newly qualified nurses.

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