Among nine selected countries, salaries increased in seven countries in real terms between 2010 and 2020 (Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Spain, and Belgium). However, they declined by 6 per cent in the UK in this period (2010-2019) and did not change in France.
Personally I think it's time we stop shafting our nurses
Yes, they do deserve higher pay. They play a vital role in the running of the NHS and they are under valued. They deserve a fair pay rise.
Even I support public sector pay rises however it is simply not 'fair' to ask the taxpayer to stomach double digit pay rises. They should be offered 7% (in line with current private sector wage rises).
Nurses are not to blame for our current inflationary shock but neither is the taxpayer.
We could of course tie nursing pay rises to cuts elsewhere in the NHS. If the NHS would agree to remove non-essential things like second abortions then that would free money in the budget.