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Pay cut an affront to nursing staff - RCN Scotland comment

6 Jun 2017

ISD statistics published today show that NHS reliance on bank and agency staff has increased over the last year.

Commenting, Norman Provan, Associate Director of the Royal College of Nursing Scotland said:

"Since 2011 nursing staff have had a 1% cap on their pay - meaning a real term pay cut of up to 14%."

"Many are now relying on taking on additional hours - through bank and agency - to supplement their wages. It is clear that without their willingness to work additional hours, the NHS would grind to a halt. But the fact remains that nursing staff should not be forced to take on additional hours to make ends meet."

"The skills and professionalism of nursing teams must be recognised in their pay. Warm words do not pay the bills and a real terms pay cut is an affront to nursing staff."