Scottish Labour MSP Neil Findlay has supported the Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) call for a 12.5% pay rise for staff within the NHS.

The RCN’s campaign, Fair Pay for Nursing, has called for an increase in pay for hard working and dedicated nursing staff, who have worked to care for people during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, often putting their own lives at risk whilst doing so.

However, the RCN have argued that this proposed pay rise is more than nurses’ heroic response to the pandemic. It is about ensuring that nurses’ pay reflects of the complexity of skill and responsibility held by nursing staff.

Prior to the pandemic, there were 50,000 nursing vacancies across the UK. In addition to large numbers of nurses who are facing retirement, it is critical that the profession is attractive for new workers in order to address the workforce shortage and treat hardworking public servants with the dignity they deserve.

Neil Findlay MSP said:

“The actions and efforts of our nursing staff has been nothing short of heroic during the pandemic and pre-covid.

“I am fully behind the RCN’s call for an increase in pay for our nurses and NHS staff. If we are to address the workforce shortage and treat our workers with dignity and respect, then the Scottish and UK Government’s must deliver this imminently.

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