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Support nurses’ campaign for fair pay!

A nurse: doesn’t this person deserve fair pay, after working to keep us all safe from Covid-19 for the last six months – and facing what could be a much worse period in the immediate future?

Yes, that means you!

The Royal College of Nursing has launched a campaign to pressure the government into paying nursing staff what they’re worth. Here’s what’s happening and how you can get involved:

The RCN wants nursing professionals to be valued for their high level of knowledge, expertise and skills with pay that reflects the complexity of their roles and the impact of their work.

This means campaigning for an early and significant pay rise for NHS staff and influencing independent health and social care employers, so they recognise and reward nursing staff properly.

That would involve a fully funded 12.5 per cent pay increase for all NHS nursing staff covered by Agenda for Change, as part of a one-year deal that applies equally to all bands.

That’s right – an increase of one-eighth of wages for all nurses. When the Tories recently mentioned large-sounding pay rises, they only applied to a tiny proportion of staff; most nurses got around one per cent – less than inflation.

The Fair Pay for Nursing campaign is about recognising the complexity of skill, responsibility and expertise demonstrated every day by nursing support workers, nursing associates, registered nurses and all members of the profession. It is about making sure that a safety critical profession can reach safe staffing levels and fill tens of thousands of unfilled nursing jobs. Ultimately, it is about providing safe and effective care for all people of the UK.

And you can help.

1. Find out more about the pay campaign and what it seeks to do.

2. Spread the word about it on social media using #FairPayForNursing, sharing your thoughts on why nursing staff deserve a fair pay rise.

3. Speak to family, friends, patients and colleagues about why you believe nursing staff deserve an early and significant pay rise.

Source: Demanding fair pay for nursing now | Bulletin | Royal College of Nursing

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Pledge to recruit 50,000 new NHS nurses in doubt – it’s a lie a day from Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has the clap: but his show of appreciation for NHS staff went no further than a photo opportunity outside 10 Downing Street.

Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit 50,000 more NHS nurses is in doubt after the number coming from the EU fell again and (it says here) coronavirus prevented thousands of arrivals from the rest of the world.

Here’s the Guardian:

The prime minister made the promise a cornerstone of his general election campaign last year and has since reiterated many times his determination to deliver the increase.

But annual data from the Nursing and Midwifery Council shows that the number of nurses and midwives from the European Economic Area (EEA) on its register, and thus able to work in the UK, has fallen for the last three years in a row.

The total now stands at 31,385. That is 1,650 (five per cent) fewer than the 33,035 such health professionals who were in Britain in 2018-19 and 6,639 fewer than the 38,024 who were here in 2016-17, the year in which the UK voted to leave the EU.

Last year just 913 people from the EEA joined the NMC’s permanent register for the first time. That is less than 10 per cent of the 9,389 EEA nurses and midwives who did so in 2015-16. Numbers arriving from Spain, Italy, Romania, Portugal and the Republic of Ireland have slowed to a trickle.

The NHS in England already has more than 40,000 vacancies for nurses.

Johnson simply doesn’t have a clue.

He made the pledge in the run-up to a general election – probably because he thought it would sound good and play well with voters.

He knew he’d be getting no nurses from the EU, and he had been told that Covid-19 was on the way – although, given his limited ability to understand global events, it is unlikely he gave any consideration to the meaning of this.

He spent weeks standing outside the door of 10 Downing Street, clapping for NHS staff in the certain knowledge that the virus was killing some of them and removing many others from active service.

And he knew that nobody would be recruited to boost those numbers.

Worse, his government announced plans to penalise NHS staff (as part of the Tory recovery strategy) and to harm the finances of student nurses who had stepped in to help when the NHS really needed them.

Not only did he lie about recruiting 50,000 more nurses; he has deliberately made the NHS unattractive for anyone considering that career.

Source: Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit 50,000 more NHS nurses is in doubt | Society | The Guardian

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Nurses caught coronavirus after the Tories refused to supply proper protective equipment

We all knew this would happen.

We saw the picture of the nurses wearing bin bags instead of proper PPE.

We made mocking memes about the situation (see above).

We hoped the Tory government would provide the right equipment before somebody caught the virus.

But that didn’t happen.

Instead – and most probably due to the lack of proper kit – the nurses all contracted coronavirus.

One of them had said they were all “terrified” that this might happen, knowing that colleagues had caught the disease from patients, and having treated those colleagues. They had seen what the illness does.

And now we know what’s going to happen, don’t we?

We know what the government that failed them is going to give them:

Platitudes.

Three nurses who wore bin bags on their shifts due to a shortage in personal protective equipment (PPE) have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.

Just weeks ago, the nurses had shared a photo of themselves with clinical waste bags on their heads and feet as they issued a plea for proper masks, gowns and gloves at Northwick Park Hospital, in Harrow.

The hospital previously declared an emergency situation after all of its critical care beds were filled with patients.

Source: Nurses in bin bags due to PPE shortage ‘test positive for coronavirus’ | Metro News

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Coronavirus: Failure to answer a simple question about NHS cuts shows depth of Tory health betrayal

Gove: he always looks a little gobsmacked but his response to this question has to be seen.

It was a stroke of genius: a simple question from the press that skewered Michael Gove and NHS boss Simon Stevens over cuts to the health service since 2010.

Andy Woodcock, editor of The Independent, used a televised press conference to ask whether the government regretted cutting the number of NHS beds and failing to increase the number of nurses.

It was a valid question, because the NHS has lost more than 11,000 beds since 2010 as a result of Tory cuts and closures. Last I heard, private health providers were set to make £2.4 million per day by renting 8,000 beds to the public provider.

Why not just nationalise them, as has been done in other countries?

And Brexit alone has cost the UK 10,000 nurses since 2016.

You can watch the video on Skwawkbox to see the response – stunned silence from Gove and stumbling dissembling from Stevens.

This is exactly the kind of question that the press should have been asking the Tory governments of the last few years, but haven’t.

Better late than never, some might say.

Let’s just hope they keep it up.

Source: Video: simple question on the effect of NHS cuts leaves Gove gobsmacked and reduces NHS boss Stevens to gibberish | The SKWAWKBOX

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UK faces biggest health threat in decades after losing TEN THOUSAND NURSES because of Brexit

Boris Johnson really is the exact opposite of a genius, isn’t he?

He campaigned hard for Brexit, no matter what the consequences.

And now we see the consequences.

As the UK braces itself for the full force of a coronavirus crisis that Johnson appears to be doing nothing to prevent, we discover that the National Health Service has lost 10,000 nurses because of Brexit.

That’s the number of nurses the nation is understood to have lost because EU citizens have been discouraged from coming to the UK as a result of the Brexit decision.

And we were already dozens of thousands of nurses below-strength.

So we’re even more poorly-equipped to handle this crisis – as a result of Boris Johnson’s inverse genius – than we previously thought.

All of which shows that he’s the exact opposite of a leader as well.

But then, we can all see that perfectly clearly.

After all, where is he?

Source: NHS missing 10,000 nurses since Brexit as Europeans avoid moving to the UK – Mirror Online

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Hancock’s promise on nurses and accusations of anti-Semitism are greeted with derision at hustings

Matt Hancock: He may not feel quite so smug now.

The Tories’ current excuse for a health secretary took a few nasty hits – if only to his ego and his party’s credibility – when he tried to repeat widely-debunked claims at a hustings in his constituency.

See for yourself:

Look at Mr Hancock’s face in the video clip. He knew he had lost the audience and wasn’t going to get any of them back.

Now imagine the same scene being played out across the UK as Tories trot out these nonsense claims. It seems they have all been given manuals telling them what their main messages should be (for example, 50,000 new nurses) and how to smear their rivals (Labour anti-Semitism), so it is a reasonable assumption to make.

Let us hope all those other Tory candidates received the same reception.

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Humiliation for Tories over flagship manifesto policy: there won’t be 50,000 extra nurses

Think again, Mr Johnson: He thought he could hoodwink voters with a lie about nurse recruitment but we’re having none of it.

Boris Johnson’s lie that he’ll recruit 50,000 new nurses has been debunked, live on television, the day after it was launched in the Conservative Party manifesto.

Tory minister ‘Thicky’ Nicky Morgan took the flak on ITV’s Good Morning Britain after it was revealed that 18,500 of these “extra” nurses are current NHS staff who the Conservatives are hoping (optimistically) to retain:

The NHS is short of 43,000 nurses as it stands, meaning that even if the Tories manage to recruit all 31,500 that they have (actually) promised to attract, there will still be a shortfall of 11,500.

The idiocy of the Tory claim – and the deception it symbolises – is summed up eloquently in this tweet:

https://twitter.com/maelstromrunner/status/1198898115882950656

Of course, if the Tories can’t even do a simple addition sum properly, what hope do they have with the economy? None, as far as This Writer can see.

So, if you were thinking of voting Tory because that party’s mantra that it will “get Brexit done” will improve the economy, I advise you to think again!

Either they can’t do their sums, or they won’t do them – but one thing is sure.

Whether it’s Brexit or the health service, you can be sure you’ll be short-changed by the Conservatives.

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Basildon Hospital nurses 25 per cent pay cut will affect how they ‘support their families’ – Essex Live

None of the Tory leadership candidates could care less about nursing staff at an NHS hospital struggling to make ends meet.

They’re all Conservatives; they all want to starve the NHS of cash, staff and services.

That’s why This Writer can only agree with Peter Stefanovic’s tweet: “Is it any wonder we have a desperate shortage of 40,000 nurses in this country!”

Basildon Hospital nurses are set to receive a massive pay cut which will effect how they ‘support their families’.

The nurses, who spend at least 12 hours on their feet on each shift, were told of the huge wage reduction in an email during half term.

In a letter from NHS Professionals (NHSP) sent to staff it reveals that the pay rate for flexible workers within the Basildon and Thurrock University NHS Foundation Trust will see a pay cut of up to 25 per cent.

Source: Basildon Hospital nurses 25 per cent pay cut will affect how they ‘support their families’ – Essex Live

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Tory immigration plan will cut number of nurses, teachers and care workers


Nice work, you Tory dunderheads.

Only the stupids in the Conservative Party could come up with an immigration plan so idiotic it deliberately makes it more difficult for the UK to recruit badly-needed expertise – because only they are stupid enough not to understand what their stupid plan means.

Let’s make it clear for them:

That’s the Institute of Directors saying this, not some Leftie on the internet.

Let’s narrow it down a little:

And it seems the paper itself is misleading. Here’s Steve Peers:

This is correct. It is currently entirely possible for the UK government to deport anybody who has moved here but failed to find work within six months.

This is why it is important for the so-called Repeal Bill to be opposed, of course.

Yes there are statistics – or were, at least. Migrant workers create a net increase in GDP; they are less of a drain on the state than UK citizens.

 

So there you have it: A document full of nonsense and lies from a party that may actually be stupid enough to believe them.

The Home Office document states its intention clearly enough: to end free movement “in its current form”. It proposes that after Brexit day all newly arrived EU migrants, unless they are highly skilled, will lose their rights to live permanently in Britain. At a stroke they will be turned into temporary workers with a maximum two-year permit.

When the time comes to renew that temporary permit the rules of the game will have changed. By then a new UK immigration policy for EU migrants will have kicked in. That will, it is suggested, include possible numerical caps on those working in lower-skilled jobs. For some occupations, deemed not to be suffering from labour shortages, the door may be closed completely.

Restrictions are also to be imposed on the family members that a post-Brexit EU migrant can bring with them to live in Britain. At present a Briton married to somebody outside the EU cannot bring their spouse to the UK unless they earn £18,600, a threshold described as “particularly harsh but legal”. For the first time this will apply to EU citizens too.

The Home Office wants to go further still. Repealing the jurisdiction of the European court of justice means the UK can also restrict the rights of extended family to live in Britain to only the very closest of relatives: children and adult dependants.

The document also proposes to keep the current light-touch border checks for EU nationals rather than impose a vast new pre-entry visa system. That is probably vital if Britain’s airports and ports are not to grind to a halt the day after Brexit.

Instead all newly arrived EU migrants will be required to register after three or six months for a biometric residence permit for which fingerprints may be required.

Source: Home Office document exposes heart of Theresa May’s Brexit | Politics | The Guardian


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Apprentice nurses could treat hospital patients in bid to tackle shortages

The move could allow as many as 1,000 apprentice nurses to join the NHS annually and work alongside fully qualified nurses and ‘nursing associates’ [Image: Peter Byrne/PA].

The move could allow as many as 1,000 apprentice nurses to join the NHS annually and work alongside fully qualified nurses and ‘nursing associates’ [Image: Peter Byrne/PA].

What if they make mistakes?

This could blight the careers of potentially good nurses while failing to help patients.

Jeremy Hunt should have funded the NHS in England properly – but instead he promoted privatisation. This is the result.

Hospital patients could be treated by apprentice nurses under plans to be announced by Jeremy Hunt, sparking a new row about how the government is tackling shortages of health professionals.

The health secretary will say on Wednesday that student nurses can train on the job rather than having to complete a university degree.

The move could allow as many as 1,000 apprentice nurses to join the NHS annually and work alongside fully qualified nurses and “nursing associates”.

Those who could become nursing apprentices include healthcare assistants or those already working towards nursing qualifications.

While nursing associates can remain at that level, apprentices will be expected to work towards becoming a registered nurse.

Source: Apprentice nurses could treat hospital patients in bid to tackle shortages | Society | The Guardian

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