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Letter: Why doesn't society value nurses any more?

Nurses need a decent place to live, but many don't have it, says Zeba Arif
zeba arif

I was glad to see you highlighted the issue of the housing crisis facing nursing (Nursing Standard August 3).

The situation has never been this dire. Many years ago when I applied for a mortgage the building society manager said to me: ‘Of course the answer is yes. You’re a student nurse – one day I’ll need you!’

NHS staff were valued in those days. So why don’t people think like that any more?

Nurses deserve decent, affordable accommodation in reasonable travelling distance of where they work.. So what are we going to to about it? I think we need a full scale campaign on this issue – who’s with me?

Zeba Arif

Retired nurse

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