SUPPORT CAMPAIGN FOR FAIR PAY FOR NURSES
MARIA NICHOLSON AND SYLVIA SYMONDS South East Council member Buckinghamshire and South East Board Chair Southampton
ONCE again, the Government is eroding nursing pay.
Despite the one per cent pay rise awarded by the Government earlier this year, nurses’ pay has dropped to about 14% behind the cost of living from the time when David Cameron came to power in 2010.
Announcing their decision to keep nursing on the shortage occupation list following lobbying by the Royal College of Nursing, the Migration Advisory Committee said: “The restraint on nurses’ pay instituted by the Government was presented to us, and in the evidence to the pay review bodies, as an immutable fact. It is not. It is a choice.” It is a choice and one the Government have chosen not to make.
We do not have enough nursing staff to give the care our communities need, in no small part because they are not valued by this Government.
It’s just not good enough, which is why we’re asking members of the public to support the RCN’s campaign for fair pay for nursing staff.
If you would like to show your support for fair pay for nurses, please either visit www.rcn.org.uk/ nursingcounts or tweet @Jeremy_ Hunt or your local MP direct using the hashtag #nursingcounts. Let’s tell the Government that they need to value nursing staff more.