The Royal College of Nursing Northern region today lent its support to a call by Hartlepool nurses for the Government to deliver a fair pay deal.
Frontline nurses from across the North East have written to media outlets, venting their anger at the Government’s 1% pay award for the next financial year, and pointing out that, once increased national insurance contributions are taken into effect, they are actually not receiving a pay increase at all.
The union argues that since David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010, nursing pay has actually fallen about 14% behind inflation, and many nurses are now taking on extra shifts to cover their financial shortfall.
The anger of those in the profession is palpable.
In the letter they say that the Government’s pay offer is “just not good enough” and are calling on “all members of the public to support the RCN’s campaign for fair pay for all nursing staff.”
They also warn the Government that “nursing staff won’t stand for it any longer.”
RCN Northern Regional director Glenn Turp said: “Nurses working in every part of the North East and Cumbria have signed this letter.
“And as the letter makes clear, they are angry.
“In many instances, they are delivering life-saving care, 365 days a year, 24hrs a day, for example in intensive care units, in A&E departments, in mental health settings and in the community.
“And frankly they have had enough.
“They feel like they are being taken for granted.
“They feel like the Government is ripping them off.”