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Blair won't budge over pay

20th April 2007
On 18 April, Prime Minister Tony Blair asserted that staging pay was the only solution for the NHS to have the funds to pay its nurses.

Mr Blair told the Commons that he thought nurses would benefit from an average pay increase of 4%. He stated: ‘there has been a huge real-terms increase in nurses’ pay over the past 10 years’. He said the Labour government had increased nurses' starting salaries by almost £8,000 since it came to power. His speech came after the threat of possible industrial action was raised at the RCN Congress last week.

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