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Nurses are commuting further and for longer than five years ago, survey shows

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Nurses now travel further and spend longer on their daily commutes compared to five years ago, according to a survey.

It looked at the commuting habits of 2,374 people from a range of professions. The survey was conducted between 28 March and 12 April for recruitment firm Randstad Care.

It suggested nurses currently faced average daily commutes lasting 47 minutes – up from 42 minutes in 2008. They also traveled an average daily distance of 19 miles, compared to 16 miles five years ago.

Randstad Care managing director Victoria Short said: “The rise in daily travel time and distance… adds weight to the argument that austerity measures have had a significant impact on the day to day lives and routine of nurses.

“The salary cap of 1% for public sector workers means staff are worse off in real terms every year. As a result, many workers are moving further away from their places of work in order to find more affordable accommodation and cost of living.”

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  • Someone must live next to the hospital, my commute has been in excess of 2 hours for around 80% of my 25 year NHS career. Regarding the pay "rise" due to the unnecessary increase in pension contributions this was a REDUCTION of £60 in take home and train price increase (and everything else) way over 1%. MPs need to be paid an NHS salary (and I don't mean chief exec.) A back bencher would equate to a band 3-4, Junior minister band 7, Secretary of state band 8 and PM band 9. Even that would be too much for the value they deliver

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