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Nurse pay to be debated in parliament

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MPs will debate nursing pay in parliament MPs will debate nursing pay in parliament

A petition to increase the pay of nurses, midwives and allied health staff has reached 100,000 signatures, triggering a debate in parliament.

The petition, created by community nurse Danielle Tiplady, reached 100,000 signatures on 17 January. The debate will take place on Monday 30 January. It will be led by Labour MP Catherine McKinnell.

‘This is a monumental step in our campaign to “Scrap the Cap”, said Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing. ‘Working at the centre of the NHS crisis, nursing staff are going above and beyond every single day, yet they have endured the public sector pay cap since 2010. This has left them 14% worse off in real terms, and more and more of our members are telling us they are reaching breaking point.’

The petition argued that nurses have suffered a 14% cut in real terms pay. The RCN and other unions are urging the NHS Pay Review Body to increase nurse pay to alleviate the recruitment crisis. The body will submit its decision in February.

‘We will continue to fight until all nursing staff receive the pay they truly deserve,’ concluded Ms Davies.

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Great news although I doubt there will be a full house for this one. I intend to contact my MP to ask if he intends to be there!
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At least our voice will be heard.
Taking notice and providing an improved pay scale especially in General Practice would be absolutely fantastic. preserve the Nursing Profession.
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Please add Practice Nurses pay to any National Pay scale for nurses. For too long we have been left behind, allowing the GPs to decide what and get away with what to pay us. We are feeling undervalued and demoralised as so under paid. No wonder recruitment is at an all time low. For the level of experience and responsibility it makes me weep.
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We live in hope
Not that I think Mr j Hunt who does not have a surgery open on a Saturdays really gives a dam
One rule those and one rule for us
I know what rules I want to play by !!!!! Not a sterling example mr health minister
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Yes, I agree that those working in General Practice will be left out of any pay increase. The Government need to make sure any pay rise will also include those in Private sector. I have tried to get similar terms and conditions as Agenda for Change for years but no luck yet. Its very frustrating working in General Practice.
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Great news however I do not think this will help the majority of nurses employed in general practice as this is down to their employer who is not the NHS in general.
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Here's hoping, but there is usually a clause or a delay or slowly, slowly drip feed the amount we are worth when it comes to us nurses.
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