Salary increase for Nurses
Salary increase for Nurses
Covid-19 brought to the public attention the importance that Nurses represent for the NHS.
These workers that are every day in the front line taking care of our needs, are exposed to high-risk contagious diseases.
The failure to provide testing and protective equipment for the National Health Service (NHS) staff has resulted in the first cases of doctors and nurses contracting COVID-19 in the UK while performing their frontline duties.
Their lives have been placed at unnecessary risk and they are now on ventilators which would otherwise have used to treat critically ill patients struck down by the virus.
Today the number of cases among healthcare workers is increasing and we are losing precious resources to treat our loved ones.
The shortage of nurses in the country that has always been an issue is now showing the failure of the system that is overstretched and forcing nurses to work long shifts that put their mental and physical health in danger and increase the possibility of mistakes.
We are launching Rohme to provide the NHS with an app that allows them to find temporary staff to cover the high demand of healthcare workers during this crisis, however, we still need the support of those nurses still capable of working to join our network and book extra shifts.
Furthermore, I feel there are still larger problems at hand involving nurses' well-being that need to be resolved on a higher level and discussed by the UK government.
It is also known that nurses are underpaid.
If we look at the numbers. Nurses are paid peanuts compared to other countries, for example, in Australia, the average salary is reported to be around $65,000 (£38,535 GBP). In the UK, the average nursing salary is £25,653 ($43,287 AUD).
Recently, the daily mail posted an article saying that Help desk staff are being recruited for the new Nightingale Hospital on £37,500 a year - £13,500 more than the average wage for British nurses.
As shown on Thursday night when all the Nation clapped at our Healthcare Professionals, people are now more aware of the effort and responsibility that this mission (because it is not just a job) carries!
When this is over, the effort that our Nurses are putting in this crisis doesn't have to be forgotten and they need to be recognised for their job.
Because after all, if that clap on Thursday night was real, they will be supported by the whole country and it is time to show them our gratitude by signing this petition to ask the parliament to:
1) Discuss the increase of the salary of Nurses;
2) Invest in Nursing Education to train more nurses;
3) To safeguard the health of Healthcare Workers as a priority in any other emergency event by providing:
- Enough personal protection equipment as the emergency starts;
- National Guidelines to coordinate every NHS Trust and Private Health Organisation;
- Yearly mandatory training to instruct all the health workers on how to act in case of similar events.