MPs to debate freeze on nurse pay rises today

MPs are to debate the 1% freeze on nurse pay rises later today, following successful petitioning by campaigners.

A petition started by nurse campaigner Danielle Tiplady was subsequently signed by over 100,000 people – the threshold required on the parliament website for an issue to be considered for debate.

Catherine McKinnell, Labour MP for Newcastle North, will lead the debate, which will be held today in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm.

However, beforehand, nurses from across England will lobby MPs to attend the debate to remove the pay rise cap for NHS staff on the Agenda for Change contract.

The lobbying efforts, which are being driven by the Royal College of Nursing, are an attempt to influence the annual salary review process for NHS staff, which currently underway for 2017-18.

Full story in Nursing Times 30 January 2107