• RCN tells members the AfC deal was “not as straightforward as we said”
  • NHS Employers is “disappointed” by the RCN’s email and suprised no concern was raised with them

The Royal College of Nursing has written to its members saying it is “dismayed and angry” over the Agenda for Change pay deal.

RCN chief executive Janet Davies said in a letter to members: “It has come to my attention in the last 24 hours that the deal was not as straightforward as we said and for that I offer you a sincere personal apology.”

Ms Davies said the union had told members they would receive a 3 per cent uplift this summer but “this is now not the case for everyone”.

“I’m as dismayed and angry as you are and will fight the corner at every turn,” Ms Davies said.

Danny Mortimer, NHS Employers chief executive, said: “I am disappointed by this communication and surprised as no concerns were raised with us. Whilst I do not recognise the account Ms Davies presents, clearly if there are concerns we will work with the RCN and all the NHS’ trade unions to resolve them.”

A spokeswoman for the RCN added: “The College is currently trying to get to the bottom of contradictory information that has recently come to light about exactly when some members eligible for the new pay deal will receive their increases.”

They added the RCN Council is meeting in “the next few days” to consider any new information that might “resolve this confusion”.

It was agreed in March by ministers and trade unions that more than one million NHS staff were set to be offered an average 6 per cent pay rise over three years.

HSJ revealed shortly after the deal was announced that some NHS staff will see a permanent reduction in their out of hours pay rates as part of the deal. The change will affect the lowest paid NHS workers in bands one to three.