The new campaign aims to highlight the number of extra hours nursing staff are working unpaid.
Research suggests nursing staff each work on average 3.7 hours unpaid every single week. The RCN is looking to help staff to be properly compensated for the hours that they work when they stay beyond their shift or through their breaks to ensure patients are safely cared for.
Throughout coming weeks RCN staff and local RCN representatives at CLCH will be holding drop in sessions for members to come and speak about the campaign and how they can get involved.
A positive campaign
Helping to launch the campaign, Ian Norris, RCN Council Member and RCN London Board Chair, said: “London nursing staff feel let down by the Government’s attacks on their pay and conditions. Over the past five years NHS staff have cared for record numbers of patients through a disruptive reorganisation and in the face of huge workforce cuts.
“Nurses and healthcare assistants work long and stressful days with very few taking their breaks and most having to work far beyond their contracted hours without recompense.
“The Government cannot keep demanding more for less and just rely on the goodwill of nursing staff to keep the health service going. It is time for nurses to get paid what they’re worth.”
The value of nursing
Regional Director of RCN London Bernell Bussue said: “The RCN’s new campaign aims to highlight the value of nursing, and to support nursing staff who find it increasingly difficult to make ends meet because of pay restraint in the NHS. We are looking to work with CLCH staff to run a positive campaign to try and undo some of the damage to morale caused by the Government.” The Excess Hours Campaign has been launched throughout England with events held today across the country.