Analysis

‘Nursing is in crisis and we desperately need this pay rise’

Nurses struggling to pay heating bills, turning to costly pay day loans and pawning their possessions were discussed by MPs in an impassioned debate on NHS pay.
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Nurses struggling to pay heating bills, turning to costly pay day loans and pawning their possessions were discussed by MPs in an impassioned debate on NHS pay

The discussion at the House of Commons took place on 30 January, following pressure from nurses and the RCN to scrap the NHS 1% pay cap.

Before the debate, nurses met their MPs face-to-face in an RCN-arranged lobby event, to talk about how they struggled to make ends meet.

The MP debate was prompted when a petition calling for the pay cap to be scrapped topped 100,000 signatures.

‘Shameful’ situation

The online petition, started by community nurse Danielle Tiplady, argues that Agenda for Change (AfC) staff have experienced pay restraint since 2010 and have lost about 14%

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