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NHS staff 'quitting to work in supermarkets due to low pay'

Post by Sassy on Mon May 08, 2017 10:29 am

Jeremy Hunt says nurses' pay is 'above average' as nurses consider first strike in history

NHS staff are leaving to stack shelves in supermarkets as their pay is so low, health service bosses have said.

An organisation representing NHS trusts in England said a “significant” number of hospitals had reported lower-paid staff leaving to work outside the health service.

NHS Providers said a pay cap for NHS staff, that limits pay rises to one per cent a year until 2019, should be lifted as patient safety is being put at risk.

Labour have said they will remove the pay rise limit, which this year amounted to a pay cut in real terms as inflation is at 2.3 per cent.

“Growing problems of recruitment and retention are making it harder for trusts to ensure patient safety. Unsustainable staffing gaps are quickly opening up in hospitals, mental health and community trusts and ambulance services,” said Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers.

“Years of pay restraint and stressful working conditions are taking their toll. Pay is becoming uncompetitive. Significant numbers of trusts say lower paid staff are leaving to stack shelves in supermarkets rather than carry on working in the NHS.

“And we are getting consistent reports of retention problems because of working pressures in the health service causing stress and burnout.”

A vote to gauge opinion among nurses on a possible strike over low pay closed yesterday. The results will be announced at the Royal College of Nursing congress this weekend to decide whether to launch an official ballot for a nursing strike, which would be the first in history.

Bryony Ife, a nurse working in an acute medical unit in Winchester, told The Independent two of her colleagues were considering moving to Australia “because the pay is better, and it’s a higher quality of life”.

“The thing the most irritating for nurses is that you can earn the exact same working in Tesco or Asda. I’m not saying those jobs aren’t stressful, but it’s not the same type of pressures we experience,” she said.

“Where I work, we’re saving lives on a daily basis. We’re being put through all this stress, and we could get the same amount working 9-5 somewhere else.”

The RCN says the Government has inflicted a 14 per cent pay cut on nurses since 2010, but Jeremy Hunt said yesterday nurses’ pay is above average.

Janet Davies, head of the RCN, told The Independent reports that 6,500 nurses were turning to food banks were correct, adding: “The worst examples are people who are having their houses repossessed.

“We've had some potential suicides; people ringing us and requiring urgent counselling. You do have those every now and again, but there has been an increase.”


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/nhs-staff-quitting-to-work-in-supermarkets-low-pay-doctors-nurses-hospitals-jeremy-hunt-a7723411.html


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Post by Aspca4ever on Mon May 08, 2017 1:27 pm

“The thing the most irritating for nurses is that you can earn the exact same working in Tesco or Asda. I’m not saying those jobs aren’t stressful, but it’s not the same type of pressures we experience,” she said.

“Where I work, we’re saving lives on a daily basis. We’re being put through all this stress, and we could get the same amount working 9-5 somewhere else.”
Our #1 rational here in America {by the deniers for raising the Working Wage} has been; 'well, if we raise the minimum wage to $15. then those burger flippers - check register clerks are making the same hourly wage as our emergency responders & fire fighters!' 

And they just leave that steaming load of CRAP right there in a conversation, as if it ends the debate!  Not hardly dumbass --- certification for any job - college accreditation should mean a decent working wage and the job hazards should be a quality assurance factored into that 'working wage' too! 
But to continue telling working Americans, that you are only WORTH MINIMUM WAGE; something that will still keep you needing public assistance is just insane - especially when the recent mentality in the oval office is to cut you out of the 'Public Assistance Programs' completely.

So as this is a horrifying example and resounding need to reshuffle the pay scales for our educated emergency - law enforcement - health care providers and medical staff ...the alternative is going to be dire and people are going to suffer from really piss-poor attendee's and give-a-shit care providers!  IMO
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