New figures reveal that the 5,600 nurses and health visitors serving Northwick Park Hospital and North West London more widely currently face a real-terms pay cut thanks to the Government. NHS staff are now over £13 million worse off than they would have been 10 years ago.
At the budget it was revealed that the Conservatives are offering nurses just a 1% pay settlement – below inflation and therefore a real-terms cut, even after a year in which nurses have fought on the frontline against the Coronavirus pandemic whilst:
· Dominic Cummings received a 40% pay rise,
· Ministers spent £37bn on track and trace that hasn’t worked
· Have so far given £2bn in crony contracts to their friends and donors.
Each Nurse is on average £2,378.94 worse off – a combined £13,390,345 worse off.
Publishing the data, Labour MP for Harrow West Gareth Thomas said,
“This government’s priorities are all wrong. £2bn on crony contracts, £37bn on a test and trace system that doesn’t work, yet when it comes to rewarding our nurses in and around Harrow after a year on the frontline this Conservative government demands a pay cut. “It’s outrageous, and insulting – but it’s also not new. This is what the Conservatives choose every time. Nurses today are more than £2,000 worse off than they would be under 2010 pay. “How can it be right that in a year that Dominic Cummings drove to Barnard Castle and picked up a 40% pay rise, nurses save countless lives and get a pay cut? Ministers will have to u-turn on this – they should do it now and save an awful lot of people an awful lot of stress.”
The Conservatives have announced a 1% rise – a real terms cut – for nurses
The latest NHS workforce figures reveal there are 5600 nurses covering North West London.
• Average annual basic pay of nurses and health visitors for the 12 month period to September 2010 was £29,746. In the 12 month period to September 2020 was £33,788.
• Taking into account inflation, that means a pay cut of £2,379 per year.
Dominic Cumming received a 40% pay rise in 2020
Government is now planning to spent at least £37bn on test and trace
The Conservatives have given more than £2bn in Coronavirus contracts to friends and donors