Local Labour MEP Alex Mayer joined Cambridge nurses and say the government’s pay freeze is “shameful”.
The Euro MP is backing UNISON Health’s campaign at Addenbrooke's Hospital to end the 1% public sector pay cap. She signed their petition calling on Theresa May and the Conservative government to give hard working nurses a pay rise.
Her call comes a month after Theresa May’s Conservative Party cynically failed to turn up to a House of Commons vote calling on the Government to scrap the 1% pay cap. The pay cap which has been in place for 7 years means that, with CPI inflation at nearly 3%, healthcare workers are suffering a month on month real terms pay cuts.
Alex Mayer MEP said: “It is shameful that Tory MPs failed to turn up to a Commons vote, and then when they lost it, ignored the result and have done nothing since to end the public sector pay freeze.”
According to Royal College of Nursing statistics there is a current shortage of around 40,000 nurses in the NHS which is being made worse by a drop in the number of European nurses wanting to work in the UK. From the June 2016 Brexit referendum to the last available statistics in April 2017 there was a fall of 96% in EU nurses registering as nurses in the UK.
She continued: “There is a perfect storm in the NHS and if we don’t pay our nurses fairly, it is only going to get worse.”