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London Assembly support for Excess Hours Campaign

5 Feb 2015

Dr Onkar Sahota, Chair of the London Assembly Health Committee, has given his support to the RCN’s Excess Hours Campaign.

Part of the RCN’s ‘What If’ campaign to secure fair pay for nursing staff, the Excess Hours Campaign aims to ensure nursing staff are paid or receive compensatory time off for working more than their contracted hours to ensure patient safety. 

Unrecognised and unrewarded 

Writing for Left Foot Forward , Dr Sahota said: "After five years of no pay rises, working ever harder to support a flailing health system, after working extra hours in good will and investing emotional labour into every patient, it’s not hard to understand why the Royal College of Nursing is launching today’s campaign to promote the role and contribution of nurses who seem to be getting a raw deal under this government.

“Often nurses will do a 12-hour shift without a break only to stay an extra half an hour, because the shift handover on a busy ward takes time to do properly. 

“This ‘goodwill’ keeps the NHS running and is why the Royal College of Nursing have launched their “What If” campaign to highlight the regularly unrecognised and unrewarded excess hours and extra work that nurses and other health care professionals do.” 

Overturning the pay freeze

Dr Sahota also paid tribute to the work by the RCN and colleagues from other trade unions towards overturning the Government’s NHS pay freeze, saying: “After months of posturing, the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt last week caved on his position that NHS staff would see yet another year of real term pay cuts. 

"It was only because of wide scale action from organisations like the RCN and the threat of further strike action from other unions that the government changed its position.”