The NHS is surviving on the goodwill of nursing staff

 Cecilia Anim CBE 30 Jul 2017 Cecilia Anim

Join our UK rally this September and tell the Government they must scrap the cap.

Cecilia at July pay rally in London
And earlier this year UCAS reported a 23% drop in applications to study nursing in England, raising questions about the future supply of staff.
These are shocking statistics but they don’t reveal the true impact of poor pay and understaffing on you –staff working on the frontline.  This can’t be right.
Your role expands each day. You take on new responsibilities and care for patients with more complex needs. But when you’re short staffed, it’s impossible to give the care your patients deserve. 
Nursing staff are being taken for granted by this government - you work numerous unpaid hours each week. You come home exhausted. Your personal life is affected. It simply isn’t sustainable. 
The pressures of work are compounded by pressures outside of work, many of you tell me you’ve had to take a second job and you worry about paying your rent.
The impact of this pay cap is both physical and psychological. We don’t feel valued. 
Many talented nursing staff are being driven to leave or take early retirement. 
The NHS is surviving on your good will. It can’t afford to lose your expertise too. 
We must therefore stand together, fight for nursing and patient safety.  
That’s why on 6 September RCN members will host a rally in central London calling on the UK Government to scrap the pay cap. The more members that attend, the stronger our message will be.
We must come together and tell the government to scrap the cap. 

Cecilia Anim

Cecilia Anim CBE

Former RCN President


Cecilia works as a clinical nurse specialist in sexual and reproductive health in London and specialises in family planning and aspects of women's health. She was elected RCN President in 2015, having been a member for more than 30 years, and was made a CBE in the 2017 New Year honours.

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