No pay rise is a kick in the teeth for nurses
This government doesn’t think nurses and healthcare assistants deserve a pay rise. “We’re all in this together”, they say. But the government’s refusal to give nurses a pay rise doesn’t feel like us joining together to fight the financial crisis – it feels like a kick in the teeth.
This year I’m paying more for travel, more for food and more for electricity, yet I’m struggling to meet these costs already. If I don’t get a pay rise, my salary is, in real terms, cut.
I want to deliver quality patient care and so do my colleagues. I’ve never met a nurse who trained so that they could give patients less than the time they need or less than the care they deserve. But we’re suffering from a severe shortage of nurses, so workloads are going up and goodwill is at breaking point – how can this not have a negative impact on patient care?
As part of the day of action on 5th June, we’re presenting the government with a ‘cheque’ for £1.5 billion – representing all the unpaid overtime delivered by NHS staff each year. We don’t think we’ll get it back, but we want to show that NHS staff go above and beyond what’s required of them every day. We’re not asking for much. We’re asking for our wages to cover our ever increasing bills, we’re asking for the government to value what we do and we’re asking for a salary that will encourage new people into the nursing profession so that we can provide patients with the care they need.
Visit the All Together for the NHS website to follow everything that’s happening on today’s NHS Day of Action.