Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield, has taken to social media to try and reassure voters about the future of nurses’ pay.
The issue was raised in Parliament this week, when the Labour Party put forward an amendment to the Queen’s Speech, calling for the pay cap for nurses to be lifted. This was voted down by the House.
However, commenting on Facebook, Ms Caulfield, who is a nurse herself, has said, “Just to clarify on the issue of nurses’ pay this week.
“We did not vote against lifting the pay cap. The vote this week was about adding it to the Queen’s Speech, which is the agenda for the next two years. But lifting the cap is already on the agenda for the budget in a few weeks’ time. Important we don't just lift the cap but give a meaningful pay rise, which the pay review body will recommend shortly.
“Labour knew this when they added it to the Queens Speech, but also knew if we voted for their amendment, the Queen’s Speech would fall and so would the Government. It is a shame they have played politics with this, given we have already committed to ending the pay cap this year.
“As I said in my speech, I will vote to remove the pay cap in the budget in a few weeks’ time and I am meeting with the RCN to get the best possible deal for nurses.”