§ 48. Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services by how much he estimates that the last salary increase granted to nurses within 317W the National Health Service has been eroded by inflation; and when they may expect a further increase in their emoluments.
§ Mr. Alison
Nurses in the National Health Service received a pay increase of about 8 per cent. from 1st April 1972. The latest available figures from the general retail prices index show that in the nine months from March to December 1972 prices increased by about 6.2 per cent. The date of any further pay increase is a matter for negotiation on the Nurses and Midwives Whitley Council.