Nurses set for pay showdown

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NURSES are bracing themselves for a pay battle after it emerged last night that ministers have speeded up plans to scrap national awards.

The Government has told the NHS pay review body not to recommend any across-the-board pay increase. Instead it wants awards made locally by individual trusts to Britain's 500,000 nurses, midwives and health visitors.

Meanwhile, the nurses are to challenge the Government's public sector pay policy with an 8.34 per cent pay demand - more than three times the level of inflation.