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Charity reports ‘shameful’ rise in nurses seeking financial aid

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A charity that supports nurses in personal and financial difficulty says it has seen a “shameful” rise in the number in crisis and desperate for help.

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust said it has seen a 32% increase in calls in the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year.

“We know that the people we’re helping are just the tip of an iceberg”

Simon Knighton

In the first six months of 2016 the charity received 891 enquiries, but that shot up to 1,170 in the first six months of 2017.

The charity said it was pleased nurses suffering hardship were getting in touch. However, it said it was “greatly concerned” by the steep rise in the volume of calls.

Charity chief executive Simon Knighton feared the cases that the trust got to hear about represented just a fraction of nursing professional struggling to make ends meet.

“We know that the people we’re helping are just the tip of an iceberg and that there is an ever-increasing need for our services,” he said.

The charity supports UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both in work and retired, when they are hit by personal or financial problems, often due to disability, older age, domestic abuse and illness.

Research carried out by the organisation last year found tens of thousands of nurses, midwives and HCAs struggled to afford basics, including a second pair of shoes or paying utility bills.

Nurses were almost twice as likely to suffer financial hardship than the general public, the research found.

Mr Knighton described the situation as “shameful”, with many nurses teetering on the edge of crisis and “just about managing”.

“These are the same people that have worked to their last ounce of strength to be so dramatically and publicly here for us at recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, and in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy,” he said.

“Our nurses are undervalued,” he said. “Nursing teams in all sectors often don’t get the recognition they deserve and these vital and most cherished services really only survive because of the incredible commitment and goodwill from dedicated nurses. Things have to change.”

The warning is the latest to come from the charity over the past six months or so, as previously reported by Nursing Times.

It also comes as the government has come under increasing pressure on public sector wages, with a number of organisations and key NHS figures having called for an end to the 1% pay rise cap.

Meanwhile, the Royal College of Nursing has been holding a series of protests under the banner of “scrap the cap”.

For information on how to fundraise, donate or get help from Cavell Nurses’ Trust call 01527 595 999 

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  • The Cavell Nurses’ Trust said it has seen a 32% increase in calls in the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year.....
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    First of all, I would like to confirm how excellent CAVELL NURSES` TRUST ARE.

    Secondly, I would also like to know the following:

    (1) - is this because of the 1% continuous pay cap when cheers rang out from Tory benches and roared with delight supporting such sanctions (against nurse/ midwives and fireman) which superseded labour's manifesto ?

    (2) - is this because the NHS pay agency nurses twice as much as NHS contracted nurses? Therefore make cuts against the the contracted NHS staff to achieve the fine line by reducing expenditure.

    (3) - is this because the Government prefer to disproportionately spend BILLIONS on/ or support wars in: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya and other countries; whilst shaking hands with the perpetrators who financially support terrorists to invade these countries?

    (4) - is this because the amount of nurses/ midwives have been sanctioned unpaired or struck-off? Which has dramatically increased since employer referrals have increased (2010-2011). This has consistently remained high which is increasing and wonder if this is due to WHISTLE-BLOWING NMC REGISTRANTS.....

    (5) - is this because the NMC or previous UKCC needed "proof beyond reasonable doubt" prior to 2008 which then changed to "probabilities - more likely than not"? which only requires 51% probability.

    (6) - Just a thought .................And wonder why the Government continue to disrespect hard working nurses/ midwives AND SHOULD BE ASHAMED THAT NMC REGISTRANTS HAVE TO RESORT TO CHARITIES SUCH AS CAVELL NURSES` TRUST WHO ARE SUPERB.

    MY POINT IS; THE GOVERNMENT FINANCIALLY PUNISH THE GOOD AND SUPPORT THE BAD and fail to respect what is right in front of them........ TORIES HAVE LOST MANY SEATS DUE TO STUPIDITY BY BELIEVING THEY COULD GAIN SEATS............ DO NOT HAVE THE SAME ETHOS WITH GOOD NURSES AND MIDWIVES.

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  • I agree with the above comments, it is shameful.

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  • Thank you for your comments. Whilst we are pleased that more nurses are getting in touch with us for help, it is worrying to know that so many are facing difficulties.
    The nursing professionals who contact us, do us for a variety of different reasons including health, domestic abuse and financial concerns and we are proud to offer them support.
    To find out more about our research into nurse hardship, please visit: https://www.cavellnursestrust.org/campaign/research

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