The majority of nurses have seen a sub-inflation pre-tax rise of just 7% over three years.
The Royal College of Nursing has written to the Prime Minister calling for him to be “more accurate” when talking about NHS pay.
It comes after Mr Johnson told Parliament today that nurses had received a 12.8% pay rise – a figure that most nurses will not recognise.
The vast majority of experienced frontline line nurses have seen a sub-inflation pre-tax rise of just 7% over three years.
Last year, the Health Secretary also told the public that have already had a “very significant pay rise”.
Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary, writes; “In the House of Commons this morning, in response to the Leader of the Opposition, you told Members of Parliament that, “There has been above inflation pay rises for public sector workers, and nurses in particular have had a 12.8% pay rise in the last few years.”
“I am writing to inform you that this is not a statement which nursing staff will recognise. Nursing staff are worse off now than they were in 2010, following years of freezes and awards that were capped below the level of inflation.
“On their behalf, I urge you and fellow ministers to be accurate when discussing their pay. To our members working a brutal shift today this kind of message from you is demoralising. As committed professionals, we are facing the new variant and rising levels of pressure with determination but are fast approaching burn-out.
“It cannot be right that ten months into this pandemic, our nursing staff are still worse off than ten years ago. Experienced nursing staff are 15.3 per cent worse off in real terms.
“You have a historic opportunity to show you truly value our work, skill and dedication. Our members want proper recognition and fair pay – not more clapping.
“As the leader of our professional body and trade union representing 450,000 nursing staff across the United Kingdom, I would appreciate the opportunity to put our case to you directly, at your earliest convenience.”