Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?
This year we are kicking off a new slightly tongue-in-cheek section called Heroes and Villains.
Heroes and Villains
Each month, we will be taking a generally light-hearted look at who have been the stand-out “goodies” and the “baddies” for nursing and healthcare over the last few weeks.
Let us know if you agree with our choices for February and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).
MPs to debate freeze on nurse pay rises today
Catherine McKinnell, Labour MP for Newcastle North, last month stepped up to lead the debate on nurse pay.
Sparked by a petition that was signed by over 100,000 people, the debate was introduced by Ms McKinnell who called for an end to the 1% cap on nurse pay rises.
She said: “It’s hard to emphasise enough my support for people working across the NHS in increasingly challenging circumstances, without whom our health service would, quite frankly, cease to exist.
How have we found ourselves in a position in which hard-working, dedicated, exhausted nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals are genuinely struggling to make ends meet?”
A former hospital trust chief executive with a background in nursing faces jail after she pleaded guilty to fraudulently paying her husband more than £11,000.
Paula Vasco-Knight, former head of South Devon Foundation Trust, and her husband Stephen had pleaded not guilty to fraud at Exeter Crown Court but changed their pleas last month.
The couple will be sentenced on 10 March. It is a sad fall from grace for the high profile nurse turned NHS leader and once regular speaker at nursing conferences who was made a CBE in 2014.