The Royal College of Nursing takes very seriously comments about levels of staff pay raised at this year's annual general meeting (news, page 2, 28 October).

The RCN had already started to address this issue. We are reviewing levels of staff pay to ensure they are comparable with other similar, or equivalent, organisations. As the RCN has become a bigger, more complex organisation, reflecting the growth in membership, so inevitably the staff salary bill has increased.

The RCN has consistently argued and lobbied that the majority of nurses are underpaid for the work they do - the RCN could not underpay its own staff while arguing against NHS or other employers for doing the same.

Christopher Cardwell Director of personnel Royal College of Nursing