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Nurses stage 'scrap the cap' protest vigil

RCN members stage vigil Credit: Lyndsay Buckland

Nurses and healthcare assistants from across Norfolk have staged a candlelit vigil to highlight growing anger about the cap on nursing pay.

The gathering, at the Edith Cavell Memorial in Norwich, took place at 10pm last night.

The members of the Royal College of Nursing say many nurses and healthcare assistants are struggling to make ends meet wth some forced to take on second jobs or even use foodbanks due to the 1% cap on pay which has been in place since 2010.

The Royal College of Nursing is now embarking on a “summer of protest” to tell the Government that this situation cannot continue and pay must increase, otherwise staff will be forced out of a profession already struggling to fill vacancies.