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Scottish nurses demand equal pay

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Scotland is facing calls to extend its Agenda for Change programme to practice nurses.

Answering the question, "What area would you like the RCN to focus on?", an in-house poll of 428 nurses found that respondents most wanted action on equal pay for NHS and GP-employed nurses and a remuneration structure that spelt out in simple terms the pay for different skill levels.

The RCN survey also found that a drive to improve pay and conditions was in high demand.

Other issues raised included structured appraisals and performance-related bonuses for the achievement of quality framework milestones - with a fifth those questioned claiming they were not at all valued and recognised for their contributions to this programme.

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