Representatives from the South East Royal College of Nursing put their names to a letter sent to all print publications in the South East.
A copy of the letter follows:
Once again, the Government is eroding nursing pay. Despite the 1% pay rise awarded by the Government earlier this year, nurses’ pay has dropped to about 14% behind the cost of living from the time when David Cameron came to power in 2010.
Announcing their decision to keep nursing on the shortage occupation list following lobbying by the Royal College of Nursing the Migration Advisory Committee said “The restraint on nurses’ pay instituted by the Government was presented to us, and in the evidence to the pay review bodies, as an immutable fact. It is not. It is a choice.”
It is a choice and one the Government have chosen not to make. We do not have enough nursing staff to give the care our communities need in no small part because they are not valued by this Government. It’s just not good enough, which is why we’re asking members of the public to support the RCN’s campaign for fair pay for nursing staff.
If you would like to show your support for fair pay for nurses, please either visit www.rcn.org.uk/nursingcounts or tweet @Jeremy_Hunt or your local MP direct using the hashtag #nursingcounts.
Let’s tell the Government that they need to value nursing staff more. Thousands of nursing staff across the South East region are dedicated to caring for you, 24hrs a day, 365 days a year, whatever your illness or condition. Please show your support for us.
Maria Nichsolson, South East Council Member, Buckinghamshire and Sylvia Simmonds, South East Council Member and South East Board Chair, Southampton
1. Meriel Flux, Senior Back Care Advisor, Crawley, West Sussex
2. Lynda Huelin, Staff Nurse, Lindford, Hants
3. Michele Blackmore, Sister, Crawley, West Sussex
4. Karen Buggins, Staff Nurse, Canterbury, Kent
5. Lisa Taylor, Clinical Lead for Equipment, Haslemere, Surrey
6. Malachy Ujam, Clinical Risk and Safety Manager, Guildford, Surrey
7. Dawn Henderson, Lead Nurse Adult Safeguarding, Wallington, Surrey
8. Ged Swinton, Resuscitation Officer, Southampton, Hants
9. Sandra Walter, Rehab Manager, Fareham, Hampshire
10. Linda Anderson, staff nurse, Southampton, Hampshire
11. Claire Drot, staff nurse, Southampton, Hampshire
12. Monsuru Odekunle, Staff Nurse, Feltham, Middlesex
13. Sue Morris, Senior Sister, Portsmouth
14. Gill Tanner, Senior Sister, Eastbourne, East Sussex
15. Liz Jeremiah, staff nurse, Portsmouth, Hampshire
16. Gail Reeves, Clinical Site Manager, Hastings, East Sussex
17. Heather Blake, Community Staff Nurse, Chandlers Ford, Hants
18. Karen Holmes, Registered Nurse, Witney, Oxfordshire
19. Angela Mohamed, Night Sister, Steyning, West Sussex
20. Levi Marazzi, HCA, Hampshire
21. Rachael Steele, Job Community Nurse, Horsley, Surrey
22. Christina Sosseh, Community Learning Disability Nurse, Milton Keynes, Bucks
23. Linda Kent, Critical Care Outreach Sister, Farnborough, Hants
24. Andrew Gillon. Associate Practice Educator, Portsmouth Hants.
25. Karen Parker, Staff nurse, Portsmouth, Hampshire
26. Donna-Sue Wright, Senior Staff Nurse, Wheatley, Oxfordshire
27. Omotola Adeojo, Registered Mental Nurse, Portsmouth, Hampshire
28. Sharon Middleton. Screening and Immunisation coordinator. Ashford. Kent.
29. Rosan Rowland, Senior Service Improvement Facilitator, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
30. Gary Taylor, Registered Nurse, Brighton, East Sussex
31. Juliet Millar Mental Health Nurse, Bracknell, Berkshire.