RNs - Wales

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Welsh nurses to lose out on pay rise

Madeleine Brindley, Western Mail, March 23, 2007 Thousands of Welsh nurses will not receive a pay rise because the Government's flagship health service pay deal has not yet been fully implemented. Nurses will receive a 1.5% pay rise on April 1 - the first instalment of a 2.5% annual increase which itself is below inflation. But with just five working days left before April starts, thousands of nurses have yet to be assimilated into Agenda for Change, the new pay and conditions agreement for NHS staff. If nurses are not on the new Agenda for Change pay scales they will not be eligible for the pay rise, however small. ... Welsh

Insulted

Oonagh Blackman, Mirror, March 2, 2007 Furious nurses yesterday branded Gordon Brown's 1.9 per cent pay rise an "insult" as the threat of NHS industrial action loomed. The below inflation rise is the lowest public sector increase in 10 years and for thousands of low-paid workers represents a pay cut. Nurse Louise Foley, 27, of the Children's Hospital at Cardiff, summed it up, declaring: "Morale is so low it's just another blow. "It'll contribute to the numbers of nurses who leave every year. We feel undervalued, underpaid and over-worked. It's an insult." ... Insulted

'Bullying forced nurses to leave'

Madeleine Brindley, Western Mail, September 25, 2006 A group of nurses at one of Wales' mental health units has claimed staff are suffering from "intolerable levels" of management bullying and harassment. The nurses, who have declined to be named but work on the acute psychiatric wards at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, in Llantrisant, have complained to the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) - the profession's regulatory body. The Royal College of Nursing Wales has expressed deep concern about the complaints and has asked Pontypridd and Rhondda NHS Trust to investigate the claims. ... Bullying

People not getting level of service - doctors

Madeleine Brindley, Western Mail, June 9, 2006

Doctors have spelled out the biggest problems at casualty departments in Welsh hospitals - too many patients and not enough staff.

Seriously ill and injured patients are not getting the care they deserve at overcrowded emergency departments.

Doctors have raised concerns that patient care is being compromised because of a lack of staff and the sheer number of people using Accident and Emergency. ... People

Nurses facing violence and aggression

NewsWales, March 22, 2006

NHS staff in Wales face unacceptably high levels of violence and aggression at work, according to a new Audit report.

The Assembly Audit Committee has found that staff report an average of 22 incidents of verbal or physical abuse every day and NHS trusts in Wales spent £6.3 million in 2003-04 on the consequences of violent incidents and the prevention of further incidents through training and security. ... Nurses

Refugee nurses being helped to offer their skills in Wales

Madeleine Brindley, Western Mail, March 20, 2006

The first Welsh project to help refugee nurses work in the UK has been launched.

The project at the University of Glamorgan will help refugee and asylum-seeking nurses, who have fled to the UK and Wales, on their journey towards registration with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Although similar help has been available in other major cities in England and Scotland, there has been no such scheme in Wales for nurses - though help is already available for refugee doctors. ... Refugee

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