Poverty ‘forcing many to leave the profession’
by Felicity Collier
SCORES of nurses urged the Prime Minister yesterday to “sit up and value” them.
A letter signed by 100 nurses called on the government to ditch the 1 per cent public-sector pay cap and fill thousands of vacant nursing posts.
Community nurse Danielle Tiplady organised the letter, which points out that the Tories’ pay cap has left nurses £3,000 a year worse off and driven nurses to abandon the profession to work in supermarkets.
When questioned in a TV interview over nurses’ use of foodbanks, PM Theresa May ducked the issue by saying that there are “many complex reasons why people go.”
There are 24,000 unfilled nursing posts in the NHS in England and the Tories have axed student nurses’ bursaries.
The letter asks: “How is it the case that, in 21st-century Britain, some of our colleagues are forced to turn to foodbanks or ask for hardship grants just to make ends meet?
“The next generation of British nurses are being put off joining what is still a great profession.
“Patients do not get the care they deserve from a workforce that is short on numbers and low on morale.”