Saturday, 13 July 2024

From The Liberty Wall – National Liberal Trade Unionists – Why Nurses Deserve To Get A Pay Rise

ATIONAL LIBERAL Trade Unionists – NLTU – may be familiar with NHS psychiatrist, Dr. Max Pemberton who writes for the Daily Mail. Indeed, one of his articles – – formed the basis of the most recent NLTU Debate in late June.

Our attention has just been drawn to another of his articles (which calls for a wage increase for nurses) this time written towards the end of July, which we’ve reproduced below.
It appeared shortly after the BBC released figures relating to its top earning actors and presenters. As this Guardian report notes –

Chris Evans and Gary Lineker earned £2.2m and £1.75m respectively. In contrast, nurses earn on average between £22,000 to £28,000 a year.
The NLTU wholeheartly agrees with Dr. Pemberton’s view that if ‘there was any public servant who deserved a pay increase, it’s nurses.’ Indeed, we’d go further and say that all medical staff should automatically have a wage increase that – at the very least – keeps up with the rate of inflation.
As usual, we’d appreciate your feedback once this article appears on the NLTU Facebook page here:


Why Nurses Deserve To Get A Pay Rise

Staff demonstrating in support of the National Health Service. National Liberal Trade Unionists support their campaign for higher wages.

‘WHAT would you do with £2 million?’ asked the nurse at the sink.

‘I know – imagine it,’ came the reply from another nurse, rolling her eyes.
A patient joined in: ‘Don’t tell me you’d give up working in  this place!’  They all laughed.
I’ve heard these sorts of conversations before, usually when there’s a Lotto roll-over.  Not this time.
For a few days this week, on the ward where I work, the main topic of conversation was what the BBC pays top staff.  Much of it was daydreaming about what they would do if, instead of the £22,000 to £28,000 that the average nurse is paid, they earned a few million, like Chris Evans or Gary Lineker.
But the nurses weren’t bitter, which made the whole thing more poignant.  I suppose if it was money that motivated them, they’d packed in nursing years ago.
But it’s a warped world where someone like Casualty actor Derek Thompson is paid 15 times more to pretend to be a nurse and pretend to save lives than an actual nurse who saves actual lives.
While nurses might not go into nursing for the money, financial reward is how our society indicates the value we place on a profession’s contribution.  And more fool all of us for not valuing the contribution nurses make.  For it won’t be Claudia Winkleman of John Humphrys who’ll be staying beyond their shift to resuscitate you when you have a cardiac arrest, or who will be there when your child breaks their arm and needs painkillers and a kind, calming word.
Nursing is often a thankless task, and I have nothing but overwhelming admiration for the job nurses do and the gentle dedication with which they do it.
It seems strange that the argument is that nursing is a vocation – a job they do because they love it – yet the same logic isn’t applied to the BBC ‘talent’.  There are plenty other excellent actors and presenters who’d do those BBC jobs for less.
If there was any public servant who deserved a pay increase, it’s nurses.  But many nurses feel the only way to make a decent living is to move into management.  And without them the NHS will collapse.
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• CHECK OUT previous NLTU debates here:
National Liberal Trade Unionists Debate 1 – How Can we Achieve Our Main Aims?
National Liberal Trade Unionists Debate 2 – What Should Be Re-Nationalised?
National Liberal Trade Unionists Debate 3 – Bob Crow: What Is His Legacy?
National Liberal Trade Unionists Debate 4 – How Should Trade Unionists View The EU?
From The Liberty Wall – National Liberal Trade Unionists Debate 5 – Is It Racist To Want NHS Nurses To Speak English?
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