Brown defends pay decision19th June 2007
Gordon Brown spoke in defence of pay rise staggering for NHS staff and provoked heckling at a union conference on 18 June.
Mr Brown, who becomes prime minister on 27 June, has faced sharp criticism for the 2.5% pay rise, which will be awarded in two stages.
As he spoke at the Unite conference, shouts of "rubbish" came from the audience when he stated that the average nurse would see a 4% rise in salary from April and 5% from November.
Mr Brown has defended his decision to stagger pay, saying it is necessary to prevent inflation.
One member of the audience said NHS staff were at "breaking point". She questioned the decision of the Treasury to stagger pay increases.
Mr Brown spoke in defence of the government's management of the NHS, saying they had invested money in the service and increased pay.
He said: "Like it or not, the choice in the NHS is between more jobs or more pay. We have got more jobs, I want to pay people more but I have got to get to a situation where I can control inflation first and then we can actually invest in the future."
186 MPs have demonstrated their support for the idea of giving nurses the 2.5% rise immediately, either by writing to the Royal College of Nursing or by signing Early Day Motions.
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Tuesday 26th June 2007 @ 14:02
I was at the Amicus Conference and the reaction was more a gasp of disbelief fron NHS delegates.
However Gordon did agree to talk to a few of us after conference and emphasised he wished to be fair.
As a result Amicus has been collecting information that the DOH briefing that most NHS Staff will also receive a 4% increment because A4C is incorrect.
Amicus will be following this up.
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Title: Brown defends pay decision
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 3179
Date Added: 19th Jun 2007