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Trusts say they want to 'reform' not replace Agenda for Change

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Okay folks lets think about this. If enhanced payments are stopped, do you not think your contracts will have a clause saying that you work unsocial hours or will not be employed. ( Sunday trading came in, promising that people would never be coerced into working on that day, it would be by choice. Oh yeah) I have asked friends and acquaintances what the average staff nurse on the ward earns. They have no idea. For me, a return to practice nurse ( I went back to the basic pay level) my 1% pay rise is 11.7p per hour before tax, NI and pension. As a trained grade 5 nurse with responsibility of always the 'can lose your PIN' hanging over my head, my enhancements are less than the group of untrained people I work with. They do a great job, could not work without them, but don't I do a great job too. The public hear about our failings. In an Acas publication, they admit that for disciplinary action, 'a doctor has to harm someone, a nurse has to slam a door loudly'. That sums up how much protection we have. I love the idea of my job. But these are the facts. For 365 days of the year, you are subject to working and nights if you work internal rotation. You will only know which of those times you have free when the roster is published. You can request 5 specific days a month other than annual leave, but don't make any positive plans, because they may not be approved. The needs of the service are paramount. If someone works M-F you have 8 regular days a month in which you can plan to travel, look after relatives, meet up with old friends, accept invitations, oh and evenings. This most of us are denied. Our PIN is subject to justification, not only in our working hours, but also in any given situation outside of that, so if our actions are thought to be unprofessional outside of our place of work, we can still face disciplinary action. What I am pointing out is that we as nurses accept this is part of the deal, but I would like to call for the world to know this is how it is. I would like to ask any member of the government , what they know about our working conditions, pay levels. They are ill informed and then make decisions out of ignorance. This will only lead to heartache and unrest. Most of us are only doing this 'vocation' because we see it as worthwhile and needed.

Posted date

29 March, 2015

Posted time

4:09 pm

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