Improving Working Conditions and Pay for Nurses and Midwives within the NHS
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I am a second year student nurse and I feel passionately about making a difference to people's lives. This profession is so rewarding, as it provides opportunities to look after all members of society that require our care. However, it has become very clear that nurses and midwives are undervalued and underappreciated by the UK government in the work that they do. We care for everyone and we care for them well.
I will explain the appalling facts and figures for the decline of nurses and midwives within the NHS:
Last year, there was a net loss of 1,700 nurses and midwives.
In the first two months of this year alone, 3,264 have left the profession.
Two of the main reasons for so many nurses and midwives leaving were down to poor pay and working conditions.
Despite this, the UK government has still got a 1% pay cap in place across all the public sectors. This is not right and it has had a crippling effect on the NHS
Many nurses have shown years of dedicated and faithful service to the NHS, without even getting a pay rise or any bonuses. We are almost taken for granted.
Due to all this, the remaining nurses and midwives are going to be understaffed and overworked as a direct result. This is going to make these professions (and the NHS as a whole) even less attractive in the future.
The NHS is amazing but the way it is run is ridiculous. The government needs to stand up and take responsibility for these horrifying statistics, before it is too late. The NHS is stretched to the limits as it is and it is only going to get worse.
Let's make no mistake about it, this affects us all. Not just staff but it will have a detrimental effect on the care patient's will receive too. Show your support for the NHS and in particular nurses and midwives.
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