This week’s news in brief

Plan to cut nurses pay leaked

Covert plans to cut nurses’ pay have been revealed in a leaked government report about its strategy for the NHS. Measures proposed include changes to doctors’ gradings, local bargaining to reduce nurses’ pay, and the use of unemployment to “create a downward pressure on wages”.

Watts to head jobs body

Diversity champion Anne Watts will become chair of the Appointments Commission from 1 April. Watts, who replaces Sir William Wells, is currently chair of the Independent Panel on race equality for the NHS, and sits on the steering group for the Commission for Equality and Human Rights. The Appointments Commission specialises in the recruitment, training and appraisal of people for board-level public jobs.

Lucky winner nabs hamper

Christmas was extra special for James Upton, group credit controller at FL Gamble & Sons, after he won Personnel Today’s Christmas competition. He received a luxury hamper from Fortnum & Mason after his name was pulled from a hat of entrants with the most correct answers. We asked you to name a Christmas song and its original artist by finding the clues in our 12 December issue and on our website.


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