Beyond the Bedpan is struggling to see the logic in the government’s decision to restrict nurses’ earning power
You win some you lose some. Or, in nurses’ case, you lose some and get a massive kick in the teeth for your troubles.
Nurses are understandably peeved at the government’s latest round of economic home truths. In short, the country needs to save money, and the NHS is where a lot of that money will be saved.
But perhaps the most galling news is Andy Burnham’s announcement that nurses’ jobs will be secure - provided they are willing to be paid less. Economic recovery, he said, “may require tough choices for staff, including working in a different place or in a different organisation. It will also require a joint commitment to ensure tight control of the total pay bill.”
So your job is safe, but you might have to do something different, somewhere else, for less money. Anyone else smell a rat?
And what Beyond the Bedpan really want to know is, why nurses? Is there not some other area of the public sector that can take the flak? Say, for example, bankers?
Banks are not strictly public sector, but since they have been repeatedly bailed out by taxpayers, it’s fair game.
Beyond the Bedpan would like to personally reassure the champagne-quaffing, stripper-ogling merchants that their jobs are safe, although from now on they will be paid £4.52 an hour to collect and clean discarded crack needles before redistributing them into the community. A job’s a job, right?
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Who's wages should be cut to help the government balance the books?