Scrap the Cap Campaign
Re: Scrap the Cap Campaign
David agrees that the nursing staff in the UK needs far more support than they are currently getting, which includes a pay rise.
In the 2017 Labour Manifesto, it set out numerous policies to support the NHS, one of which was the importance of staff pay raises. It is all too common that the burden of cuts and austerity land the hardest on the shoulders of the front-line staff, such as nurses. Health and social care staff report increasing pressure and lower morale after a prolonged period of pay restraint.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service has confirmed that applications to study nursing fell by 23% last year. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has also reported an increase in the number of nurses and midwives leaving the professions. NHS Providers, which represents hospital trusts, said that “seven years of pay restraint is now preventing them from recruiting and retaining the staff they need to provide safe, high-quality patient care.”
Labour believes in scrapping the NHS pay cap but also putting pay decisions back into the hands of the independent pay review body. There is certainly a growing consensus that one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS is finding and keeping the right number of staff with the right skills needed to deliver high quality care.
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