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RCN urges Government to top up GP funding if nurses left without 6% pay rise

RCN urges Government to top up GP funding if nurses left without 6% pay rise

The Government must provide additional funding if nurses working in GP practices are left without the 6% pay uplift they were promised, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has urged. 

In a letter to primary care minister Neil O’Brien, the nursing union warned that thousands of nurses working across general practice risk being denied the full 6% because of the complex funding formula used to distribute the uplift. 

Yesterday, the BMA’s GP Committee England confirmed it will work with the RCN to ensure ‘fully funded fairer terms’ for general practice nursing staff.

Both organisations said that the recent pay increase ‘does not go far enough’ to address the current cost-of-living crisis, workforce attrition or employment term disparities. 

The letter today stressed that general practice nurses are ‘already undervalued’ and that uncertainty over their pay uplift would ‘only compound this’, Pulse’s sister title Nursing in Practice reports.

In the summer, the Government announced that all salaried general practice staff in England, including nurses, should receive a 6% pay uplift.

And this month it was confirmed the global sum had been increased to help fund the rise and would be distributed to practices in November.

The uplift will be backdated to April 2023 and it is down to the ‘responsibility of practices to decide on arrangements for staff salary uplifts’.

However, the RCN’s letter today highlighted concerns that nurses would be left without the 6% they are entitled to, and called on the Government to confirm the ‘status’ of nursing pay in general practice.

The union’s director for England Patricia Marquis wrote: ‘Nursing staff in general practice provide vital primary care to their local communities and are the bedrock of the services available in general practice surgeries.’

‘The RCN is unequivocal that all nursing staff working in general practice should receive the same 6% increase in pay as salaried GPs – as the government announced in July,’ she added.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: ‘We are hugely grateful to GP nursing staff and their teams for the work they do.

‘Working closely with the British Medical Association, we accepted the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration’s recommendation in full to give salaried general practice staff a 6% pay rise backdated to April.

‘The GP contract has now been uplifted and we expect practices to pass this uplift onto salaried staff, including nurses.’

Earlier this month, GP partners criticised the outcome of the BMA’s negotiations with the Government, claiming that they would need to dip into their own pockets to pass on the full recommended 6% pay rise to staff.

However, the BMA defended the outcome, saying that securing the funding via the global sum meant it was secured as recurrent for future years.


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Dr No 25 October, 2023 10:39 pm

“ We are hugely grateful to GP nursing staff and their teams for the work they do.” More bullshit gaslighting. Yes our nurses deserve their 6% as do all our salaried staff. So why havnt you given us the means to do it? Our staff won’t be getting their 6%. And you in government if you’re reading this can be damned sure my explanation to my people as to exactly why NOT will be very clear and explicit. Venomous rats, do the decent thing and call a GE.