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Nurses pay debate

Members of Parliament are debating the issue in the House of Common after an RCN petition reached 100,000 signatures

30 Jan 2017

RCN London Regional Director Bernell Bussue has urged MPs from across the House to back an end to the cap on Agenda for Change healthcare staff, saying:

“Nurses have suffered a 14 per cent real terms pay cut since 2011, forcing them into financial difficulty. The Government’s refusal to give nurses the fair pay they deserve has left trusts struggling to recruit. The majority of London’s hospitals have been unable to meet their Registered Nurse staffing levels since 2014 and now London accounts for almost half of all the vacant nursing posts across the country.

“Since the Brexit vote we have also seen a 90 per cent drop in nurses from Europe coming to work in the UK. If this decline continues and the Government fails to stop driving home-grown nurses out of the health service, today’s recruitment and retention crisis in our health service will only get worse.

“It is now for Members of Parliament, and ultimately the Government, to address this injustice that is not only harming the lives of our dedicated nurses, but also depriving the health service of the nurses it needs. Inaction could have severe consequences in the ability to provide safe services.”