The head of the trade union and professional body which represents 435,000 nurses, midwives and students has stepped down in the face of criticism over how it sold the NHS pay deal to its members. Janet Davies had already issued an apology last month after previously telling members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), that they would receive an immediate three per cent pay rise this summer.
The RCN had initially claimed all nurses would receive the three per cent uplift in their July salaries. Only workers at the top of their pay bands saw their pay boosted by that amount. On average, nurses only saw their pay increase by 1.5 per cent.