Reports and Campaigns

spotAbout the Socialist Party




spotElection campaigns



spotSocialist women


spotYouth and Students

All keywords

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Health and safety keywords:

Corporate killing (2)

hse (8)

injuries (7)

Stress (21)

Reports and campaigns:

Anti-capitalism (1247)

Anti-fascist (562)

Anti-racism (704)

Anti-war (1492)

Asylum (213)

Black and Asian (395)

Children (384)

CNWP (108)

Corporate crime (2)

Disability (202)

Education (3937)

Election campaigns (2463)

Environment (610)

EU (452)

Finance (101)

Food (270)

Health and safety (35)

Health and welfare (317)

Housing (1046)

Human Rights (382)

LGBT Pride (143)

Local government (2193)

Local services (3672)

Low pay (512)

Migration (57)

Nationalisation (147)

New workers party (470)

NHS (1851)

Pensions (704)

Post Office (222)

Poverty (578)

Privatisation (1023)

Public Services (1139)

Socialism (876)

Socialist (43)

Sport (197)

Stop the slaughter of Tamils (92)

Students (1842)

The state (1372)

Transport (556)

TUSC (999)

Welfare rights (719)

Women (766)

Workplace and TU campaigns (8299)

Youth (1975)

Related websites

Youth Fight For Jobs

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

National Shop Stewards Network

Tamil Solidarity

Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: Notebook, 11 August 2017: Brief articles and notes on the Socialist Party website

Search site for keywords: Nurses - Stress - NHS - Student - Pay

RCN protest in Sheffield, 27.7.17, photo A Tice

RCN protest in Sheffield, 27.7.17, photo A Tice   (Click to enlarge)

The stress and hardship faced by nurses

Eleanor Midgley, a member of the RCN (Royal College of Nursing)

NHS England currently has 89,000 staff vacancies, 40,000 of which are nursing posts. After 27 years as a nurse I can see a 'perfect storm' of political decisions that are forcing so many nurses away from the profession. With a real terms pay cut of 14% over the last seven years, nursing is becoming an unaffordable and undesirable career choice.

The removal of student nurse bursaries has seen a 50% reduction in university applications in London and 23% nationally. Historically, nursing students, who also work on the wards during their studies, have not paid student fees. This has enabled people with life experience, mature students and those from poorer backgrounds to join the profession. It takes three years to complete nurse training and a degree, so we need to reverse this policy quickly to prevent a further shortfall in the future.

On the wards the impact of falling staffing levels inevitably affects patient care. The numbers of patients treated by the NHS is at an all time high and understaffing makes meeting their needs an uphill task. An unprecedented exodus of junior doctors has meant that nursing staff have had to extend their clinical role to cover the shortfall and our pay has not improved to reflect this.

Finally, add to the mix the onslaught of privatisation which has meant that whole services and departments are now run by private health care. Staff who have committed their entire career to the principles of the NHS suddenly find they are working for BUPA or Virgin Healthcare. I have never in all my career known such a demoralised workforce. Nursing staff suffering real financial hardship and unrelenting stress. The NHS is currently being run on goodwill, with staff working unpaid overtime every shift, not having breaks and struggling with the overwhelming workload.

We are not a greedy profession but we are struggling to make ends meet with such a drop in our income. Our job is difficult and requires specialist skills. We must force the government to scrap the 1% pay cap and reintroduce the student nurse bursaries in order to ensure safer staffing.

Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Related links:


triangleNHS crisis: under pressure from all angles - end cuts and sell-offs!

triangleNasty party out the Tories

triangleStrike to save our NHS!

triangleBerlin hospital strike

triangle"I've been placed in charge of wards without defibrillators"


triangleTeacher recruitment falls by a third - cut workload, not funding

triangleTory prescription for mental illness: stress and bureaucracy

triangleOne in four teenage girls depressed - crisis made worse by cuts

triangleWelsh college strike against crippling workload


triangleLobby pushes Liverpool council to oppose privatisation

triangleDemonstration: NHS in crisis - fix it now!

triangleClosure of Nottingham unit shows dismantling of NHS


triangleHousing victory for Sussex students

triangleUni market 'failure', two-year degrees - end cuts, scrap fees!


triangleHackney school cleaners strike