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Jane Bates: It's time to be pushy

After the pay debacle and with staffing in crisis, it’s time for nursing leaders to be more pushy on behalf of the profession, says Jane Bates

After the pay debacle and with staffing in crisis, it’s time for nursing leaders to be more pushy on behalf of the profession, says Jane Bates

Did you see the news last week? Top slots were given to the police, the prison service and the armed forces, who are all short-staffed, with the staff they do have feeling demoralised due to poor pay and conditions.

Their leaders have been speaking up passionately and judiciously about their plight, and what it will mean to our vital public services if it all goes horribly wrong.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick called the government’s decision to award a 2% pay increase a ‘punch on the nose’ for officers, warning that it would damage morale and be detrimental to recruitment and retention.

There’s no mystery

The NHS was only given a fleeting

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