Theresa May Tells Nurses They Are Lucky To Have A Job As She REFUSES To Lift 1% Pay Cap

 

Today, on the 69th birthday of our National Health Service (NHS) the Prime Minister Theresa May took aim at frontline nurses in her responses to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Minister’s Questions.

In response to Jeremy Corbyn’s questioning Theresa May praised the pay cap, citing issues with the Greek economy and the job losses in their health professions. A polite way of telling nurses that they should shut up, put up, and be grateful to be employed. This sentiment was echoed yesterday by David Cameron who called nurses ‘selfish’ for demanding a pay rise.

The public sector pay cap is causing a real shortage in the nursing profession, where the number of nurses and midwives has fallen by 1,783 according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council. With UK hospitals at critical capacity, nurses and doctors are acting on good faith by working considerable overtime for free. However, they’re suffering mentally and physically to keep our routine services running.

Theresa May is happy for nurses to continue requiring the use of food banks or emergency loans to get by, declaring there is ‘no magic money tree’ – whilst providing tax breaks for the rich, and stumping up an extra £1bn to keep herself in the job.

In a bitter blow to the moral of nurses and midwives all over the country figures reveal the wage cap has seen take-home pay reduced by over £6,000 since 2010. Many are leaving the nursing profession to stack shelves in supermarkets as wages continue to plummet.

Surely, it’s about time Theresa May put her money where her mouth is to lift the 1% pay cap and stop crushing the living standards of our frontline staff?

 

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41 comments

  1. Reblogged this on The love of God and commented:
    Straight out of the book of James, and how the rich will end up. They do this to us now, and this woman calls herself a Christian. Well, my Heavenly Father is going to require an account from her, or she’ll see her need of repentance before it’s too late.

    WAKE UP Theresa, and stop taking the Lord’s name in vain.

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  2. I fully support a pay rise, but I doubt very much the claim that ‘many are leaving the nursing profession to stack shelves’

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    1. Maybe not to stack shelves but many are leaving for a different career or work abroad where their skills are appreciated because the pressure of trying to do their job on skeleton staff and more intake of patients is physical and mentally challenging and no breaks on a 12 hour shift to which they don’t get paid or working free overtime because they won’t leave a seriously ill patient and the nurses have not had a decent pay rise in years this is not the first time their pay has been capped and how do I know this because I worked for 38 years within an NHS hospital as a health care and retired last year.
      The NHS has gone downhill over the years it isn’t about compassion and caring anymore it’s all about money, hitting targets, closing hospitals and making staff redundant and I was glad to leave because from going to loving your job it turned to hating it and that I didn’t like.
      So be careful Theresa May the voters that got you there may not do so again and there is still a large amount of nurses out there.

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    2. Will it us true, as a nurse myself it us getting harder and harder to recruit nurses we are constantly working with understaffing, having to pay agencies to send nurses to help who charge the nhs/ local hospitals an amazing amount if money each year! All we are asking is for the pay cap to be removed so that we can get a pay rise like everybody else baringbin mind that pay rise is only normally between 2-3%. I know people who.have left the profession to stack shelves because at the end of the day why get paid what we do for doing what a lot of people in this country wouldn’t do when we can go and stack shelves! And also remember this doesn’t just involve the nurses it involves the fire service, police and everybody else in the public sector.

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      1. My husband was in hospital recently and I noticed lots of students doing trained staff work without supervision and also agency workers working long hours . sadly lots of doctors whose English not good I struggled trying to understand them and sometimes they didn’t understand me

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    3. As a healthcare professional I know many of my colleagues who have left the profession to work in shops such as the local bakery and bigger supermarket chains as a preference. Being able to earn a decent income with added benefits. So sadly yes it does happen. This 1% cap has been on for many years now whilst politicians from all ranks receive pay rises, bonus and perks beyond the 1% It’s easy to see why it rankles with all of the healthcare and emergency services.

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      1. I am a retired Nurse having started at 16yr old as a Cadet nurse 1951 £12 a calendar month no pay rises in my day at 18 l was then on Student Nurse pay until 21yrs then on Staff Nurse pay that stayed the same until promoted to Sister. Nurses are payed much better today I would love to be working and earning Staff Nurses pat today.

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      2. i was lucky to retire on a fairly decent NHS Pension but this was further increased by my doing lots of night duty in my build up to my retirement as i was on a whitley contract. I’d planned to emigrate to Turkey this further helped me as when i 1st moved here i was only getting 2,50 TL to £1 but it increased to 4,79TL to £1 & is now 4.54TL to £1 yet my standard of living has improoved because of inflation.
        I feel sorry for those entering the proffession these days as we were paid during our training a wage by the NHS Hospital unlike those training now who receive a Bursary (a pittance) in comparisson the agency staff don’t earn a fortune the companies they work for do, yes they get a little more than NHS Staff do, but they don’t get the benefits that NHS staff do. I’m thankful i left the NHS when i did i’ had seen colleagues work on before their retirement age & then pass away within 6 months i’ve had 6 years of blissfull retirement & never looked back Eddie

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    4. I was a staff nurse in Plymouth. I took early retirement last year because I was fed up with being undervalued. I get a better percentage pay rise locked into my pension than my colleagues get who are still working. But I had 1 hours worth of pay docked from my final salary because they deemed that I had 1 hour too much holiday allowance up until the time I left! No account was taken of the many times I worked overtime for 15 minutes here or 30 minutes there because it took longer to hand over, or there was a crisis on the ward or I had paperwork to finish that I had not had time to complete earlier. As this was a recurring problem I was able to guess fairly accurately how much time I had given them for free. From the start of that current pay year to the time I left I reckon they owed me more than ONE MONTHS WORTH OF PAY!! However, as this was not written down or accounted for anywhere, it was not recognised but one hour of “working time equivalent” taken as annual leave was. And yes, I can actually say that one of the colleagues on my ward who was too young to retire left to get a job in a supermarket!! I also hear that some of the other staff near my age have also taken early retirement or left to work somewhere else. And all this on just one ward in one hospital. Take it from someone who was on the front line recently this IS happening!!!

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    5. I think you will find that nurses are leaving the profession in droves, and yes Will some are going to stack shelves because we are fed up with all the stress at work and the low pay for the responsibility. You can’t kill a tin of beans if your tired and stressed out, maybe just an odd dent in the can. Over the next 10 years there will be even less nurses because many more are due to retire and unfortunately due to the Conservative government removing the bursary people cannot afford to become nursing students. So good luck NHS, as I fear this is the end. I feel and worry for myself and my grandchildren as I don’t think there will be an NHS for much longer.

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    6. I left the nursing profession after being a qualified nurse for over 30 years, I had a highly responsible, stressful job as a Cancer nurse, I loved my job but it does take it’s toll both physically and mentally, with the working day becoming longer ,12 and a half hour shifts, before any unpaid overtime(by the way it’s acceptex you work up to 30 minutes a day “unpaid” as a norm!) It’s increasingly a younger persons job, after all ,not all nurses are able to become “managers”. I now work for a supermarket, still early morning starts, and busy, but not as stressful, AND I get breaks!

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    7. Nurses are leaving to join agencies as the pay is double the amount the get from the NHS and then the NHS use agency nurses as they are short on staff. The NHS are paying thousands if not millions of pounds.
      Facts are Facts, nurses are leaving!!! Management is paying large amounts of money to recruit from abroad!!! Changing nurses uniform which now confuse not only the patients but their relatives also, money spent on cards telling nurses how to welcome people onto the ward then scoring them between 1-5 then letting the nurses know how they have scored, despicable to say the least!!!!
      Millions made from parking fees and the NHS is free???

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    8. I can’t speak for ‘many’ but I personally work with nurses who have applied for jobs in supermarkets however not getting interviews as they’re “over qualified”

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    9. Actually I am a nurse, a colleague of mine has just retired early and now works at Sainsbury’s stacking shelves and operating the checkout. She is 56 and has been a nurse since age 18. She did not make this decision lightly but nursing is stressful hard work. A Staff Nurse at the top of her wage band earns under £14.50 per hour prior to tax NI pension and car parking fees being deducted. Nurses now require a degree, we have to continually update our knowledge and skills and provide a portfolio of evidence to prove this once every three years at revalidation. We are required to pay to remain on the professional register £120 per year, in my NHS trust any study days we attend are unpaid and on our days off unless it is part of mandatory training such as CPR or Fire training. We often cannot leave work on time due to work load and lack of staff but don’t get paid extra time let alone overtime , it’s just expected and because we care we stay. The morale at work is the lowest I’ve known in my 34 years of nursing.
      A1% pay rise per year is technically a pay cut when each year rents, fuel, food, council tax, clothing etc rises in costs by much more than 1%.
      If nurses pay continues to be capped I fear many more nurses will leave the profession and young people will not choose to train as nurses.
      I mean why would someone want to train for 3 years, complete a degree and have to pay around £33,000 in tuition fees etc to put up with a career that doesn’t enable you to provide a good standard of living for your family??? People will say nursing is a vocation, however, as much as this is true nurses still have families to provide for.
      Nurses are a valuable asset to the NHS and the majority employee, our numbers are declining, to stop this decline the pay needs to reflect the responsibilities and recognise the difficulties that all nurses face on a day to day basis.

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  3. I have left nursing to be self employed due to the state of the NHS even in Scotland. When I do a bank shift it makes me grateful that I do not depend on this as my sole income The cap on NHS pay serves to make the services appealing for privatisation. I dont think it is selfish to want a decent quality of life.

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  4. If you google public sector worker, it says that this term includes elected government officials… THIS INCLUDES YOU MRS MAY!

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  5. Yes…paradoxically though not if and when modern nursing is simply the sine qua non benevolent face of a thoroughly sick ‘sickness’ system.

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  6. I’m a nurse who would love a pay rise but I understand that the state of our economy can’t afford it and I accept that. This cap should however apply to all public sector workers, politicians included. We can’t spend beyond our means like the last labour government

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  7. How disgusting. Teresa may you should be ashamed of your self. You haven’t got money to give people who save lives but you some how find 1.5 million to bribe politicians to back you. Says it all really! You a disgrace to Britain… get this cold witch out befor a war starts

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  8. As a former RMN Who retired in 2011 & Emigrated out of the U.K. i am so glad i left the N.H.S. Most of my family either work (ed) in the NHS i feel for my colleagues i knew a student nurse who eventually became a Chare Nurse on an Acute addmission ward who has now left the proffession to become a central heating fitter, the arrogance of the tories shaking the tree etc for their own payrises over the past 7 years. then forming a government with the D.U.P. Just to stay in power god help the NHS proffessionals who have years to work stop the pay cap now.

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  9. The conservatives are running down the nhs. They are all for corporate ownership of everything, the nhs grinds to a Holt and the big corporates step in, we won’t have a choice because it will be them or private, and that is far to expensive for the majority of people. Then of course after they got us where they want us we will all have to pay medical insurance,that will go up in price and slowly but surely we will have what they got in America. So when one of you conservatives go down with a very expensive illness ( note I said expensive ……. not serious ) and you have to remortgage your £500,000 house or sell it. Just remember there was a time when the NHS was the envy of many countries and this government is flushing it all away
    It does make me laugh, we are Teresa May’s employers,we pay her wages , we (not me !) Decided to let her have the job , and that means we can sack her and all her staff. But they know we won’t do that , that would mean a large part of the population having to strongly disagree with her methods and a rathe large amount of us would not be bothered after just having to vote.
    It is worrying though, the gap between the haves and have not’s is getting bigger and bigger. Think elitist corporate running a large sweat shop that used to be called ENGLAND……..think I’m talking rubbish ? We shall see won’t we.

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  10. My daughter and perspective son in law are Paramedics, both work hard and have decent standard of living, only because they work enormous hours of overtime or extra shifts, this will take its toll in time, and when it does take hold through out the public sector we will all regret the day you voted Tory. Public service sector workers are vital to our well being and actually do create wealth, they get us back to work quicker, they keep us safe, they teach us the values many parents cant be arsed to do, they ensure our streets are clean and tidy, they used to get us to and from places on the railways look how well the private sector has done there laughable We have a massive problem left to us from a devil in disguise who believed in greed who hated public workers with a vengeance and now they want to erect a statue in her honour, thatcherism is a myth and these idiots are still peddling greed as the only way forward

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  11. ‘There isn’t a magic money tree that you can shake which suddenly provides for everything you want’ – except when you want to remain in power and can ‘suddenly’ find £1bn in order to do so, eh Mrs May? The money being put into the NHS is probably more about market conditioning and realigning the patient pathways to create opportunities for the private sector, sure staff will leave due to poor wages and working conditions but more the opportunity for agencies to take over. Privatisation by stealth; you only have to look at urgent care contracts being operated by private companies such as Greenbrook to realise where this is all heading.

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  12. We have money for war, trident, tax breaks for those who not need it, and to keep herself in power I hope to god that terrorist may never needs the NHS!

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  13. Advice for nurses: live below your means, save your money, seek alternative means of cash flow, get financial education and minimise liabilities. I’m a Nurse and this profession has been a good foundation towards the goal of financial freedom. I have grown to hate the Job and it is a lot of hassle for the money. I intend on opting out of the pension and quitting the NHS asap

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  14. Bill you are an idiot!!!! Don’t you see how the fire departments are suffering? Don’t you see how the suffering within the nursing profession. I can tell you have never had your loved one looked after in an NHS ward recently. You are probably rich.

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