Nurses saved your life – 1% isn’t enough, RCN tells PM

Kinnair will tell activists today that the Government knows it has “badly misjudged” the moment

Ian Snug
18 March 2021
Nurses wearing masks

Last year the Prime Minister said that two nurses helped to save his life.

Boris Johnson must remember the work of nursing staff who saved his life and reconsider his 1% NHS pay award, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). 


In a direct appeal to Boris Johnson, the RCN’s general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair recalls the description the prime minister gave of his lifesaving care and the nursing staff who stood by him for 48 hours last spring before calling for a restorative 12.5% pay rise. 

In a public address, Boris Johnson previously said; I have today left hospital after a week in which the NHS has saved my life, no question.”

I hope they won’t mind if I mention in particular two nurses who stood by my bedside for 48 hours when things could have gone either way.”

Explaining their hard-work he added; “the reason in the end that my body did start to get enough oxygen was because for every second of the night they were watching and they were thinking and they were caring and making the interventions I needed.”


Owed his life.

Dame Donna Kinnair will appeal directly to the PM, she will say; “When you told the world you owed your life to the care of nursing staff. When you acknowledged that the people who looked after you were putting themselves in harm’s way. 

You had your eyes opened to the difference 21st-century nursing makes. You told the country it was two nurses who stood guard for 48 hours and made life-saving interventions. How would you feel if you saw them now? They stood by you, now stand by them.

The call comes after the Government told the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) that a 1% pay rise for NHS workers was all it could afford.

Dame Kinnair continues; “There is money available – just look at some of the other decisions. Big money for defence. And tax breaks that benefit companies like Amazon.”


Reports suggest the government is thinking of trying to defuse this row by giving people a small Covid bonusIt’s very simple – we don’t want a one-off sweetener.”

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