In response to plans to radically overhaul Guernsey's Public Sector pay scales, Lindsay Meeks, Operational Manager from the Royal College of Nursing says:
“Nurses pay on Guernsey is not working in its current format and we’d welcome the opportunity to talk about how the system can be made fairer for all nurses whether local or from off island. We fought hard to get the pay scale that is currently in place, however this hasn’t kept up with the cost of living on the Island and doesn’t reflect the demands of the job.
It is not right that graduate nurses are being paid less than administrators as is currently the case. We recognise that there is a big problem with recruitment as well as retention of nurses and all ideas to address these have been sticking plasters in that they haven’t actually looked at the core issues.
Any new system will need to address this. Nursing needs to be seen as a positive and valued career on Guernsey and pay must urgently be bought in line with similar graduate professions such as social workers and in line with colleagues outside Guernsey. On Jersey for example, nurses can earn up to £10k more for doing the same job.
That just isn’t right and the whole system needs to be looked at to future proof nursing on the island and the Royal College of Nursing will be happy to be involved in shaping any discussion.”