Nurses warn patient care will be affected if full pay rise is not implemented

Madeleine Brindley, Western Mail, March 26, 2007 Patient care will be affected if nurses in Wales do not receive their "paltry" pay rise in full next week, it was warned last night. Eirlys Warrington, chair of the Royal College of Nursing's Welsh Board, has urged First Minister Rhodri Morgan and Welsh Secretary Peter Hain to work together to fully fund the below-inflation pay deal in April. In a letter to the pair she said that failure to do so would see a further deterioration in morale among Wales' nursing workforce. Although nurses have been promised a 2.5% pay rise they will only receive 1.5% in April with the remaining 1% payable in November. This equates to a 1.9% pay rise, but at well below inflation it could see nurses earning £24,000 actually losing almost £600 a year. ... Nurses