Nurses and health care assistants are struggling to "keep their heads above water", the general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said today after the Government announced that almost 1.4 million public sector employees will receive a 1% pay rise from next month.
Dr Peter Carter said:
There is no doubt that nurses and health care assistants are really struggling to keep their heads above water financially as their pay levels are failing to keep pace with inflation.
The reality of increasing living costs means we are seeing higher numbers of our members in debt and unable to meet mortgage payments.
The announcement of a 1% increase for 2013/14 does nothing to restore the 9% gap caused by rising inflation that we have seen open up during the previous two years' pay freeze.
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