Southampton Conservative Society Must Apologise to the Nursing Profession
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Southampton Conservative Society stated in messages which were shared online 'I'm just gonna say it, if you're so sh** at managing your finances you have to go to a food bank on a nurses sallery you're not safe around patients.' We quote this directly from a screen shot obtained online.
Nursing pay has fallen 14% since 2010. The Royal College of Nursing, Unison, other trade unions and charities have found an increase in those reporting they are struggling to get by. Some are in worse situations than others. Nurses feel undervalued, underpaid and overworked however continue to deliver the best care to patients. We find the comments made by the Society to demonstrate contempt for our colleagues who are finding it hard to make ends meet. The Royal College of Nursing have stated they have had an increase in nurses reporting they have been to a food bank, no one should be pushed into this. An example of this was reported on in a Buzzfeed article, whereby one of our brave colleagues spoke up. A mum for the first time last month used a food bank as she had to change jobs due to not being able to afford childcare, losing £800 a month. She stated:
"I’m a very, very proud person. It’s something you’d never imagine when you’ve been self-sufficient all your life. It’ll be the same next month. No matter how much you’re watching your money, you’ve just not got it there."
"We’re struggling with day-to-day costs and putting food in the cupboard. A lot of nurses I know are also doing agency work to boost their pay just to pay the mortgage."
The Royal College of Nursing have found a 50% increase in those applying for hardship loans and grants since 2010. The pay cap is helping fuel a retention and recruitment crisis in our NHS, it should be taken very seriously.
We demand an apology from the Southampton University Conservative Society regarding their comments towards our profession. We should not be disrespected for speaking the truth.
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