Nurses demand higher pay for extended hours work

More than three quarters of nurses will not work extended hours in GP practices unless they receive higher rates of pay, an exclusive Independent Nurse poll has revealed.

Of 148 nurses who took part, 78 per cent said they would not work any extended hours unless GPs paid unsocial hours rates. Some 53 per cent said they would not work Saturdays, while 44 per cent said they would not work evenings or before 8am under any circumstances.

The findings suggest nurses are heading for a clash with employers. According to 96 per cent of respondents, there should have been national consultation with nurses over extended hours. 

One respondent to the survey said: ‘I feel very frustrated that changes are going to be implemented without consulting nurses.'

RCN senior employment relations adviser Gerry O'Dwyer said: ‘Where an employer seeks to change a contract of employment the nurse should seek further advice from the RCN or their own union.' 

A BMA survey asking GPs whether the profession should accept extended hours was due to close on 29 February.

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