Regional Director for Yorkshire and the Humber Glenn Turp has responded to the news that NHS pay rises will again be capped at 1%:
"News that NHS Improvement has listened to RCN members and paused a ban on NHS nurses taking extra agency shifts is really positive. In case you hadn’t heard, a directive had been issued asking trusts not to allow staff on substantive contracts to earn extra cash by working agency shifts.
"We know that many of you top up your wages with these additional hours, and until nursing staff are paid a better wage we feel that staff should be able to supplement their income in this way. That’s why we’re going to be asking for your opinion on how we go forward with the campaign on pay – look out for the RCN's pay survey coming your way soon.
"No matter how the Government spins it, their 1% pay award is yet another real terms pay cut for nursing staff.
"It is now the sixth year in a row that a cut in pay has been forced upon NHS staff by a Government seemingly determined to devalue our profession.
"Since 2011, nurses have lost 14% of their pay in real terms, leaving living costs in some areas of our region unaffordable for nursing staff and adding to difficulties in recruiting staff.
"It is now essential that nursing staff are given a decent pay rise in order to keep up with the rise in the cost of living and address a recruitment and retention crisis that has left the NHS with tens of thousands of nursing posts it is unable to fill. It’s vital that you answer any RCN surveys sent out on this topic.
"Staff are leaving work feeling that they have not been able to deliver the quality of care they were trained to provide as there are not enough of them. On top of this, our colleagues from Europe are facing an uncertain future and many are leaving the UK.
"The Government message suggests that nursing staff should feel they are lucky to receive a 1% pay increase. The reality is that this Government, yet again, has failed to show it cares for those that care for others."
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