New figures have revealed that 1,066 nurses working at St Helier Hospital are at risk of a Tory pay cut to nurses salaries.
Conservative ministers have proposed a 1% pay rise for nurses, at the same time as forecasting inflation to rise to 1.5% - meaning a pay cut.
The figures have been obtained by Sutton Liberal Democrats, who have condemned the pay cut in light of nurses being on the frontlines of fighting the Covid pandemic.
A poll by the Observer shows 72% of the public also believe the Conservative government’s pay offer is too low.
The chief executive of NHS England, Sir Simon Stevens, has said England’s nurses had been promised a 2.1% pay rise by government, but have now been offered only 1%. In contrast, nurses in Scotland are getting a 4% pay rise.
Hina Bokhari, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Sutton & Cheam, and List candidate for next week’s London Assembly elections, described the Tory offer as “utterly derisory and an insult to nurses fighting the pandemic”.
Commenting, Hina Bokhari said:
“Putting over 1,000 nurses at St Helier Hospital at risk of a pay cut is utterly unacceptable from Tory ministers. Our nurses have spent over a year on the frontlines of fighting the coronavirus and they deserve better than this Tory pay cut. The British public and Sutton residents believe nurses deserve a far better pay offer. Boris Johnson urgently needs to rethink this decision.”