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Speaking up on nursing pay


The 1% cap on nursing pay is putting patient care at risk.

More nursing staff than ever before are leaving the profession, piling the pressure on an already overstretched workforce. 

Those who stay are taking second jobs and using food banks. They are exhausted, morale is low and it's affecting the care they are able to provide.

We challenge the argument from the four UK Governments that increasing pay takes money from services. The NHS is its staff, and when pay hurts staff it also hurts patient care.

The Governments can, and should, value its nursing staff:

  • Scrap the 1% public sector pay cap for NHS staff
  • Award NHS staff with an above-inflation pay increase
  • Return to UK-wide pay rate in the NHS
From 10am on Thursday 13 April, we’re asking members working in the NHS what they think about the pay cap, and what we should do next.

33,000+ respondents to the pay poll
RCN pay poll

Has the pay cap cost you? Vote on how we should take action.

Complete the poll before Sunday 7 May.

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Please share this poster in your workplace and alert colleagues to the pay poll.

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