“PATIENTS WON’T GET THE CARE THEY DESERVE FROM A NURSING WORKFORCE THAT IS SHORT ON NUMBERS & LOW ON MORALE.
IF THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTS TO FILL THE SOARING NUMBER OF VACANT JOBS, IT MUST VALUE NURSING STAFF MORE THAN IT HAS IN RECENT YEARS. THE FALSE ECONOMY IS DRIVING PEOPLE AWAY FROM THE PROFESSION.
“Whatever nurses decide, it is becoming clear that their goodwill cannot be relied on indefinitely.” – The Royal College of Nursing Chief Executive & General Secretary Janet Davies
Around 270,000 nursing professionals working in the NHS across the UK are eligible to take part in an online pay poll which will determine whether or not they take strike action against yet another attack from ‘Health Secretary’ Jeremy Hunt.
The Royal College of Nursing believes low levels of pay are responsible in part for tens of thousands of unfilled nursing posts across the NHS, and that unsafe staffing levels harm the quality of patient care.
Their poll explicitly asks whether members want to:
2. Take “action short of a strike” including working only contracted hours, demanding to be paid for overtime and not completing duties expected of a higher pay band;
3. Take no further action.
If members vote in favour of industrial action a formal ballot will then be held to meet legal requirements. RCN members working in the NHS, or who are on NHS terms and conditions, are being urged by the RCN to take part in the pay-poll. A valid membership number must be entered for a vote to count. Any action will be supported by Unison:
“THE PAY OF TOP JUDGES AND MPS HAS ALREADY BREACHED THE GOVERNMENT’S LIMIT. IT’S HIGH TIME MINISTERS STOPPED PENALISING NHS EMPLOYEES AND GAVE THEM A DECENT PAY RISE.” DAVE PRENTIS
Theresa May & Jeremy Hunt are refusing to keep nursing wages in line with inflation. The tories and before that the Tory Lib Dem coalition, have already cut nursing pay by 14% in real terms, leaving too many struggling and turning to food banks and hardship grants. Sickeningly, when Theresa May was asked if number 10 thought it fair for MPs to enjoy a pay rise at a time when public sector workers were facing what in effect is a pay cut she said
“These are all put forward by independent pay review bodies,”
So where’s the money for nurses? £1.5 billion has left the NHS and gone into the pockets of just 15 private companies linked to 23 Tory MPs and Lords, who were all able to vote for the Health and Social Care Act.
More than 70 Members of Parliament & 140 Members of the Lords have vested interests in Private Healthcare Companies.
A study by Oxford academics shows there is statistically a ‘significant’ relationship between donations to parties and nominations for peerages. Half of private firms behind NHS privatisation have links to Tories.
As the Conservative Health Secretary – who has taken over £32,000 in campaign donations from Private Healthcare interests – once said :
“our aim must be to DENATIONALISE the NHS.” Jeremy Hunt
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