A majority (57%) of Britons believe the UK can afford to improve nurses’ pay, according to a new survey.
Nursing pay has fallen further and further behind the cost of living since 2010 and in its first Budget after the election, the UK Government capped public sector pay increases at 1% for a further four years. This continues to leave nursing staff worse off in real terms and is forcing many to consider leaving the profession.
Of the surveyed 2,000 British adults, three quarters of the Welsh respondents (76%) believe that nurses are paid too little and over two thirds (69%) think nurses’ salaries should be increased.
Further, only 18 per cent of the Welsh public agreed that nurses’ current salaries reflect the level of skills needed for the job.
Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN Wales, said: “We are acutely aware that our nursing workforce is already facing heightened pressures in their working roles and having to worry about receiving fair pay should not be adding to these.”
“The results of this survey demonstrate that the Welsh public are truly behind nurses and understand the demands and importance of their role in the delivery of health care.”
“When asked why they thought nurse salaries should be increased, the reasons cited were a sobering reflection of the current circumstances; long hours, heightened demands of the role and other professions getting paid ‘more for less’ comparatively.”
“In our Time to Care 2016 campaign survey, our membership told us that one of their key priorities from the next Welsh Government is valuing nurses through fair pay. Whilst it’s heart-warming to learn that the Welsh public shares this view, their support alone is not enough to ensure fair treatment.”
“Ultimately, the Welsh Government needs to reflect the public’s support for nurses by re-evaluating their current position on nursing pay, ensuring their loyalty and dedication is reflected in their pay slip.”