LETTER: Show support for fairer pay

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Nurses across the South East are calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to scrap the one per cent pay cap when he delivers his Autumn Statement on November 23.

The one per cent cap on pay increases for public sector workers has meant that some nurses have seen their pay fall by up to 14 per cent in real terms since 2010 – a massive impact.

In the South East some NHS Trusts are facing a recruitment crisis which could mean trusts will soon lack the staff needed to provide safe patient care.

Nurses are telling us they struggle to cope on their current pay levels and feel undervalued which leads to low morale and staff leaving the profession for good. Unless the Chancellor takes urgent steps to ensure nursing pay reflects the complexity and value of the role, the nursing profession is being led into crisis.

Members of the RCN are calling for the Chancellor to scrap the one per cent public sector pay cap for NHS staff, award NHS staff with an above-inflation pay increase and return to UK-wide pay rate in the NHS.

If you would like to show your support for fair pay for nursing staff, visit www.rcn.org.uk/nursingcounts to find out what we are doing and to sign the petition on nursing pay.

Let’s tell the Chancellor that this is his opportunity to show that the Government does indeed value nurses. Thousands of nursing staff across the South East region are dedicated to caring for you, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year, whatever your illness or condition. Please show your support for us.

Patricia Marquis & Maria Nicholson

Royal College of Nursing, Newbury, Berks

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