Wake-up call as nurses take industrial action across the globe
Poor pay, pressures and a cost of living crisis are driving nurses to strike or even leave the profession. Why we need a grown-up discussion about healthcare funding
Nurses in the UK have seen a substantial drop in their real-terms pay – falling 5% between 2011 and 2021 , after accounting for consumer price inflation.
Like many others, the UK government has chronically undervalued its nursing workforce. This has resulted in a consistent and enduring fall in the standards of living for nurses and their families, at a time when their contribution has been visible and priceless.
As nurses’ pay stagnates, living standards and morale decline
Around the world, nurses’ pay had
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