Comment on: Local threats to Agenda for Change continue
I am becoming more and more disheartened every time I hear or read about how the local trusts are trying their best to squeeze every last penny and as a result we are constantly caught in the firing line. Striking seems to get so much negative press that its not worth it. I have signed petitions but I am left feeling like its a waste of time. They won't be happy until they have stripped all our benefits the little we have in our role.
Comment on: Don't be a placement martyr
Exactly! Some of us have family to care for, children, husbands etc. Plus you didn't include the exhaustion factor that comes from working from the crack of dawn to nearly nine o'clock at night. You can be too tired to think let alone have a social life. You break down of hours is ver yrobotic and most of us I am afraid are not.
Its a pity I hadn't noticed this petition sooner as I have been a victum to cervical cancer which was found in me at 18. I was lucky to be in such an early stage that it was simply dealt with but for years I have underwent smear tests varying from initially every 3-6 mths to yearly to ensure I remain healthy. Its a huge shock to be informed of something like this at such an early age and I have encouraged my own daughters to insist on a smear test early from their gp.
I am currently a student nurse and an employee of the health service. I pay into a pension and have been doing so for the last ten years through my work. I care very much about what is happening and anyone thinking of entering the profession should as well. They may feel it does not affect them at the moment but it will. I feel there is a reluctance on the behalf of students to get involved.
I for one have just been informed by my childs school that they will now be closed tomorrow for the strike as it will be unsafe to run the school with the amount of staff that were coming in. Arranging childcare at such short notice is extremely difficult and very stressful.