Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield, has met with Janet Davies, the Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, in Parliament to discuss nurses’ pay.
The Royal College of Nursing is a trade union and professional body supporting over 435,000 nurses, midwives, health care support workers and students. Ms Caulfield, who is herself still a practicing NHS cancer specialist nurse, gave her backing to scrap the 1% pay rise cap on nurses’ pay and to give nurses a fair pay rise.
Maria Caulfield said, “Having worked full time under the pay freeze and pay cap before my first election to Parliament I know just how hard it can be. Nurses and other healthcare professionals often work above and beyond what they should do, making life and death decisions on every shift. This is why I am supporting nurses and calling for the Government to scrap the cap.
“The Government should consider ended the cap for pay grades one to seven, ensuring that front line staff are given a fair pay rise. This will mean not incurring such a large bill that would come if bands eight and higher, generally on much higher wages than frontline staff, were given the same percentage pay rise. This will ensure value for money for taxpayers as well as rewarding hard working frontline staff.”