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Nurses’ charity reports 60% spike in calls for financial help

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There has been a 60% rise in the number of nurses contacting the Cavell Nurses’ Trust asking for financial help since the summer.

The charity, which gives money and support to nursing professionals when they are experiencing financial hardship, said it had received 231 enquiries in November, compared to 143 in August.

“Too many nursing professionals are facing hardship on a daily basis”

John Orchard

Taking 2016 as a whole, a charity spokesman said it had seen a 40% rise in enquiries from the 1,400 it received during 2015.

“We’ll be very close to 2,000 for 2016 by the end of December,” he told Nursing Times.

The figures follow recent research by the charity that revealed that nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants are twice as likely as the public to suffer financial hardship and deprivation.

As previously reported by Nursing Times, a survey found that 55% of respondents could not afford to replace broken furniture like beds and 19% could not afford to own two pairs of all-weather shoes.

Trust chief executive John Orchard said: “Sixty per cent more people asked for our help in November compared to August.

“It’s very clear that too many nursing professionals are facing hardship on a daily basis. We think this is appalling,” he said.

Cavell Nurses' Trust

Nurses’ charity reports 60% spike in calls for financial help

John Orchard

“Many of the amazing people we help are ‘just about managing’. Then a crisis in their own health or a financial shock, like a boiler breaking, a child needing a new bed or a relationship breaking down means they can’t cope,” he said.

Mr Orchard added: “Every day in every corner of the UK, nurses are giving their all to care for their patients and too many of them are struggling to make ends meet.”

He called on employers, organisations and companies to contact the Cavell Nurses’ Trust in the run up to Christmas in order “to be here for nurses”.

Ruth, a midwife from Norfolk, is one of the nursing professionals that has been helped by Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

She said: “As a single mum, working 15 hours a week just wasn’t manageable. I also got a job in a local café but it still wasn’t enough. I needed to pay my rent, make sure my son was all right and it was just before Christmas.”

The charity said it helped Ruth and her son to stay in their home and ensured she was able to continue working as a midwife.

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