Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin says "Scrap the Cap"

The Tories cap on nurses pay is putting patient care at risk.


The 1% pay cap devalues nurses and nursing, putting potential new recruits off joining the profession and leading many qualified nurses to quit. Without enough nurses, patients simply cannot get the care they need.

The Royal College of Nursing​ most recent figures show approximately 40,000 unfilled nursing posts in England, with 12,000 more health care support worker vacancies. Mental health and community care are experiencing the greatest shortages.

Research shows four in five NHS nursing directors are concerned that it is only thanks to the goodwill of staff that NHS services are still running. It is vital that the Government listens to the concerns of healthcare professionals and acts urgently to support NHS staff.

More than 33,000 nurses and midwives in the West Midlands are working flat out day in day out to keep local people healthy and safe and its time the Government properly supported the brilliant work that healthcare professionals do every day.

That's why I’m supporting the RNC campaign to #ScrapTheCap and have written to Jeremy Hunt urging him to scrap the 1% pay cap on NHS staff and provide the support the NHS so desperately needs.


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