The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) today, 28th August, launched its ‘Fair Pay for Nursing’ campaign to demand a 12.5% pay rise for nursing staff across the UK.
Focussing initially on an immediate pay rise for nursing staff in the NHS across the UK, it aims to raise the bar, and so also benefit nursing staff working for independent employers.
Following engagement with RCN members, the ‘Fair Pay for Nursing’ campaign aims to secure a fully-funded 12.5% pay increase for all staff covered by Agenda for Change, as part of a one-year deal that applies equally to all bands.
The RCN says a pay rise will:
recognise the skill, accountability and expertise of a safety-critical profession;
recognise that the salaries of nursing staff have not kept pace with increases in the cost of living; and
help provide safe and effective patient care for all people of the UK by addressing the staffing crisis within nursing.
Funding our health and care system is a political choice.