The Tory leader claimed “there are many complex reasons why people go to food banks” and would not commit to end the 1% pay cap
Theresa May was skewered on live TV today as she tried to avoid taking the blame for the scandal of nurses using food banks.
The Tory leader claimed “there are many complex reasons why people go to food banks” when questioned in a major BBC interview.
Ministers have scrapped grants for student nurses, and a Sunday People investigation has shown how universities set up food banks for trainees struggling to survive.
A record 700 nurses and healthcare assistants applied for hardship grants last year while the number of nurses using payday loans has almost doubled in three years to 35,000.
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Britain’s top union has warned that unless there is an urgent “injection of cash” our hospitals face their worst winter ever
Debt is at an all time high, soaring numbers of the sick are waiting on trolleys in A&E and key targets for treating cancer patients are being woefully missed.
Yet as the NHS deals with the worst “cash crisis in a generation” we can disclose things are only going to get worse.
A Sunday Mirror probe can reveal up to 35,000 doctors and nurses could be AXED to balance the books – which are already £2bn in the red this year.
As trusts plunge into debt private firms are getting increasingly rich – with many now offering huge cash sums of £500 for NHS workers simply to sign up to websites.
And Britain’s top union has warned that unless there is an urgent “injection of cash” our hospitals face their worst winter ever.
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Nurses are increasingly turning to food banks and pay day lenders after years of public sector pay freezes, a union has warned.
Undervalued nurses are forced to seek advice about debts, bankruptcy and homelessness, according to new figures from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
More than 1,200 nurses called the union’s member support helpline between January and July, needing advice on welfare, ill-health, disability and other issues.
This included 231 asking for help with debts and bankruptcy.
The figures come as Janet Davies, the union’s new general secretary and chief executive, told the Guardian of anecdotal evidence that nurses are increasingly turning to food banks and payday lenders.
She said years of public sector pay restraint was leaving nurses feeling undervalued and could push some to leave the profession.
The union’s counseling service has also seen a rise in the number of nurses needing help with stress.
Problems filling rotas is also leading to an even greater reliance on expensive agency staff.
Ms Davies said: “These huge agency bills, nurses going to food banks – this is not a great place to be.”
She said more nurses were choosing agency or bank nursing because they could earn more money.
And she said a further pressure on pay was the increasing prevalence of “downbanding”, where a senior nursing post is re-evaluated and downgraded.
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