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The one per cent cap on pay increases for public sector workers has meant that some nurses have seen their pay fall by up to 14% in real terms since 2010 – a massive impact.

In the North East some NHS Trusts are facing a recruitment crisis which could mean they will soon lack the staff needed to provide safe patient care.

Nurses are telling us they struggle to cope on their current pay levels and feel under-valued, which leads to low morale and staff leaving the profession for good.

Staff are over-stretched and under pressure, working long hours, often without breaks.

Employers must show that they care about their workforce.

Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) are seeking a fair deal by calling for the scrapping of the one per cent public sector pay cap for NHS staff, as well as awarding NHS staff with an above-inflation pay increase and the return to UK-wide pay rates in the NHS.

If you would like to show your support for fair pay for nursing staff, visit www.rcn.org.uk/nursingcounts.

Thousands of nursing staff across the North East are dedicated to caring for patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Please show your support for us.

Gordon Lees,

Chairman of the Northern Board,

Royal College of Nursing,

C/o Bond Court,

Leeds.