Nurses are the backbone of our health service, many other NHS staff are affected by the Agenda for Change pay freeze. Given the financial pressure that trusts are under, they have been forced to privatise parts of the service, and support services staff have moved off Agenda for Change terms and conditions altogether, which is what has happened at my local trust. The private sector tries to recruit new members of staff for less than Agenda for Change, because it is implementing the funding cuts that it faces. A nurse of my constituency, that graduated last year, is earning only £21,900, one of the lowest starting salaries among her graduate friends. She is not being properly rewarded for the work that she does. Is that not precisely why our nurses are feeling so demoralised?


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