Nurses miss out on promised wage rise

Wendy Miller, Evening Times, April 27, 2007 Scotland's 67,000 nurses and midwives will not receive a promised 2.5% pay rise this month. Health Minister Andy Kerr had promised the money would be in their end-of-April wage packets. But this is no longer possible due to delayed pay talks with other NHS staff. Now there are fears Scots health workers will punish Labour at next week's elections. SNP health spokeswoman Shona Robison said: "Andy Kerr trumpeted the pay deal in a pre-election U-turn but has not delivered it in the timescale he set out. Mr Kerr should have been upfront about the delay. His about-turn was welcome at the time, even though it was blatantly explained by the imminence of the Holyrood election. The least he could have done was deliver it before the election." ... Nurses