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Access to NHS Services

Part of Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:18 pm on 3rd July 2007.

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Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Shadow Minister (Culture and Tourism), Shadow Minister (Health) 5:18 pm, 3rd July 2007

Nurses, and particularly community nurses, are an important part of access to NHS services. When he was Secretary of State for Education and Skills, the right hon. Gentleman sanctioned an unstaged pay rise for teachers of 2.5 per cent. However, nurses have been granted a pay increase of only 1.9 per cent., owing to the Government's decision to stage their pay award. Will he reconsider that decision in light of the fact that nurses are critical to improving access to care?