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Nurses vote to accept pay offer

Nurses have voted overwhelmingly in favour of accepting the government's offer of a three-year pay deal, which they described as "fair, balanced and the best in the public sector".

The deal, worth just under 8%, was backed by 92% of Royal College of Nursing (RCN) members following recommendations by the union's leadership.

"We worked hard to negotiate this deal for our members and it's clear from their response they want us to accept it," said Dr Peter Carter, general secretary of the RCN.

"We have secured a commitment to reopen pay talks should inflation continue to rise or if there are significant changes to the labour market - a clause which is very important to our members.

"This deal remains the best deal in the public sector and members taking part in our consultation agreed with us. We can now move forward to get this year's pay award into members' pockets as soon as possible," he added.

The RCN said the deal was worth up to 16% for some of its lowest paid members, including healthcare assistants and newly qualified nurses. Other health workers, including midwives, ambulance staff and physiotherapists have rejected the deal.

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Pleased by this outcome? Do you agree that the pay deal is fair and balanced? Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)

"Don't agree - many nurses are NOT members of the RCN anyway so how can this 'result' be valid and reported in this way!! Stop it immediately - there are many of us who are disgusted with this paltry and insulting pay issue." - Kathryn Johnson, Cheshire