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Fair Pay for Nursing

Learn about our campaign and see how you can get involved

Nursing is the largest safety-critical profession in health care, playing a vital role in patient care.

Despite this, nursing remains understaffed and undervalued. After years of underinvestment, the government must act urgently to protect patient care by protecting the profession.  

When politicians neglect nursing, they neglect patients. We need members and supporters to come together to achieve a safely staffed workforce. And that begins with paying nursing staff fairly.

You can demand change today.

The fight for fair pay

We're calling on the government to properly value nursing as the safety critical job it is. They must:

  • Recognise that nursing salaries have consistently fallen below inflation. This has been exacerbated by the cost of living crisis.
  • Value the training, qualifications, skills, responsibilities and experience demonstrated every day by nursing staff. 
  • Commit to a substantial, above-inflation pay rise.
  • Raise the profile of nursing as an attractive, rewarding profession to tackle the tens of thousands of unfilled nursing posts.

The government's response to our demands will indicate what they believe nursing staff deserve in every health care sector and setting.

Funding our health and care system is a political choice. The government should make the right choice now.

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How are staffing levels and low pay affecting you right now? How is the cost-of-living crisis and the remnants of a global pandemic impacting your work and life? Capture your lived experience with our easy-to-use tool and help tell the true story of UK nursing.

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Our fight for fair pay in independent health and social care

We campaign for all our members to receive fair pay, no matter what setting or sector you’re employed in. 
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Page last updated - 21/02/2024