Nurses are being asked to write to their MP calling for urgent change.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has hit out at the Conservative-controlled government dubbing poor nursing pay “a political choice” and calling upon them to “right a historic wrong”.
It comes after the RCN launched its ‘Fair Pay for Nursing’ campaign earlier this year which calls for a fully-funded 12.5 per cent pay increase for all NHS staff across all pay bands.
The union is now calling on its members to “take the fight for fair pay straight to Westminster” by lobbying their MPs directly using their action tool. They are also calling on MPs who question the “reality of nursing today” to meet their nursing staff constituents.
Figures suggest that the most experienced frontline nurses are around £6000 per year worse off due to wages failing to keep up with the rate of inflation (RPI).
Earlier this month and only days after MPs were handed a £3,300 pay rise, the Government warned of “public sector pay restraint” going forward.
Show nurses they truly are valued.
A recent survey by the RCN found that there has been a sharp rise in the number of nursing staff considering quitting the profession – with poor pay being cited as one of the main reasons.
RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary Dame Donna Kinnair said: “Even though nursing staff have tackled a global pandemic with 50,000 nursing vacancies across the UK, the Government continues to undervalue them. It can’t hope to fill staffing shortages wih our current poor pay levels.
“Next month, the Government can right a historic wrong and show nurses they truly are valued.
“We are not asking for a COVID-19 bonus – paying nursing fairly is a political choice. Cash-strapped health services can’t increase pay on their existing budgets. The Chancellor must make the right decision.”
The RCN is also making clear to MPs the benefits to local economies of putting more money in the pockets of nursing staff.