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The short, sharp slide into poverty

Growing numbers of nurses who are ‘just about managing’ are forced to ask for financial support when a health or personal crisis hits, suggests the latest evidence.
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Growing numbers of nurses who are ‘just about managing’ are being forced to ask for financial support when a health or personal crisis hits, the latest evidence suggests.

When breast cancer treatment stopped mental health nurse Kath Clayson from working for six months, she soon found herself sliding further into debt.

‘I was generally struggling financially and always in my overdraft, even when I had just been paid,’ says Ms Clayson, who lives in Harrogate in North Yorkshire. ‘But when I was off sick it got to the point where I had used my Christmas savings and I had hit the absolute limit on my overdraft.’

Ms Clayson’s experience of struggling from pay day to pay day will be sadly familiar

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