Bernell Bussue has been Regional Director at RCN London since 2005. Bernell has a clinical background in cardio-thoracic and intensive care nursing and spent five years working in the Middle East earlier in his career, returning to the UK private sector and later to the NHS where he held senior positions managing surgery and orthopaedic units, before time as an Operations Manager in Child & Adolescent Mental Health.
Nurses across London are calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to scrap the 1% pay cap when he delivers his Autumn Statement on November 23rd.
The 1% cap on pay increases for public sector workers has meant that some nurses have seen their pay fall by up to 14% in real terms since 2010. In London NHS Trusts are facing a recruitment crisis and hospitals could soon lack the staff needed to provide safe patient care.
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. Nursing staff have told 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.
Members of the RCN are now calling for the Chancellor to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap for NHS staff, award NHS staff with an above-inflation pay increase and return to a UK-wide pay rate in the NHS
If you would like to get involved in our campaign 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.
Thousands of nursing staff across London are dedicated to caring for patients, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. Let’s tell the Chancellor that this is his opportunity to show that the Government really does value nursing.
Bernell Bussue, SEN, RMN, RGN, DMS, MBA.