The Cavell Nurses’ Trust said it welcomed government comments made about nursing professionals “going above and beyond to provide care” in the wake of the new pay proposals.
The charity issued a statement today in response to the pay proposals unveiled last week, which would see Agenda for Change staff receive at least a 6.5% wage increase over the next three years.
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The organisation supports nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, in times of personal or financial hardship, and said it received more than 2,200 calls for help in 2017.
Simon Knighton, chair of the trust, said: “The charity welcomes the increased focus by the government on the effort, value and commitment shown by UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants every day.
“The nature of providing care means that often careers are fragmented and that for many, the nursing professions are at the forefront of the ‘squeezed middle’,” he said.
“While pay improvements are undoubtedly important, tens of thousands of care providing staff are right now facing challenges in daily living at home, with their families and with their own physical and mental health,” he warned.
“The charity welcomes the increased focus on the effort, value and commitment shown by nurses”
He said: “From our research, we’ve found that a significant amount of them are struggling, with nurses twice as likely to suffer financial hardship as the public and two in five nursing professionals reporting a health condition expected to last a year or more – this is appalling.”
Mr Knighton highlighted that, for some nurses, all it took was an “unexpected bill or period of illness to tip them over the edge”.
He added: “We will be watching the consultation with interest and hope that whatever is agreed will go some way to help all of those employed under the NHS terms and conditions, especially nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.”