New figures reveal there are over 25,000 NHS staff including nurses and health visitors employed in the Newcastle area who are facing a real terms pay cut thanks to the Conservatives.
Last week it was revealed that the Conservatives are offering nurses just a 1% pay rise – below expected inflation of 1.5%, and therefore a real terms cut – even after a year in which nurses have fought on the frontline against the Coronavirus pandemic. Many nurses have said the proposal would see them take home just £3.50 extra per week. Yet in the last year, Ministers have found money for:
- A 40% pay rise for Dominic Cummings
- £37bn on a track and trace with extremely mixed results, and
- £2bn in crony contracts for their friends and donors.
In the Newcastle area there are approximately 25,000 NHS staff (Newcastle CCG, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, North East Ambulance Service) Of those 6697 are nurses and health visitors working in Newcastle area, making a total of 6697 nurses facing a pay cut in Newcastle.
Publishing the data, Cllr Karen Kilgour cabinet member for Health and Social Care said,
“This government might clap for carers when the cameras are rolling, but behind the scenes they are slashing their pay. That’s a sickening betrayal and a real slap in the face.
“Nurses and all NHS staff in Newcastle have been the heroes of the last year –The whole NHS and social care workforce have been battling against this terrible disease, they have worked tirelessly, risked their lives and cared for our loved ones whilst the rest of us rely on them. It is simply unbelievable that the Conservatives are rewarding them with a pay cut.
“This is the government that gave a massive 40% pay rise to Dominic Cummings, has wasted billions on a track and trace system that hasn’t worked properly, and found £2bn for crony contracts for their mates, yet when it comes to nurses they won’t even protect their pay. This government has shown that isn’t just incompetent – they have the wrong priorities for this country.”