Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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 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.

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