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RCN calls on nurses to urge MPs to take part in for debate on pay rise freeze

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MPs will debate the 1% cap on pay rises for NHS nurses and other Agenda for Change staff at the end of this month, in response to a successful petition from nursing campaigners.

It has been announced by the government that, on Monday 30 January, MPs will debate the 1% cap on nursing pay rises that has been in place since 2010.

As reported by Nursing Times, the petition calling for an end to pay restraint for nursing staff in England last week passed the target it needed to be considered it as a topic for debate in parliament.

Under government rules, when a petition set up on its site has 100,000 signatures it must be considered by MPs as a potential subject for debate in parliament.

As of last Tuesday, the petition, set up by nurse campaigner Danielle Tiplady in early October 2016, had been signed by 100,455 people.

The Department of Health has already been forced to respond in writing to the petition, after it passed an interim goal of 10,000 signatures last year.

The Royal College of Nursing has now called on nurses to encourage their local MP to take part in the debate.

The college noted that, since 2010, nursing staff had “suffered unjust and harsh pay restraint”.

“For most, pay has fallen by at least 14% in real terms, and some nursing staff are now relying on foodbanks and second jobs, just to make ends meet,” said the RCN in a statement.

“We call on the government to scrap the 1% cap and to award hardworking and highly skilled NHS nursing staff with an above inflation pay rise,” it said.

The RCN has drawn up a template form for nurses to use to contact their MP. It advises nurses to make their letter “personal” and explain how pay restraint has affected them and their family.

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  • Nurses have a Champion, Jonathan Ashworth has today written in Daily Mirror ," I will be Nurses Champion"
    I ask all nurses and midwives to get behind Jonathan who is Shadow Secretary of State for Health.
    I will work alongside him to make sure all our voices are heard
    Please use this opportunity. Ann Keen

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