MUST WATCH: Nurse makes emotional plea for government support as she leaves NHS

“Fund us properly, make nursing, health and social care in general, a good profession with good pay, good working conditions.”

With the announcement that nurses will strike ahead of Christmas in what will be the biggest industrial action the NHS has ever seen, and the government and nurses’ union blaming each other for the row, one nurse has made a decision. An emotional plea to the government to listen to nurses’ concerns.

An audience member on BBC Question Time, who identified herself as a nurse, said she didn’t want to strike, “but we’ve been waiting for the jam tomorrow for decades and it hasn’t come”, and urged the government to invest. More money in the NHS.

In an emotional plea, she said: “Fund us properly, make nursing a good profession with health and social care in general, good pay, good working conditions.

“We want to be proud of our profession. I just voted to leave and it was hard, it was a really hard decision.

“Language like ‘holding the country to ransom’ and stuff – I don’t want to knock it, but we’ve been waiting for decades for tomorrow’s jam and it hasn’t come.”

Hospital workers will walk out on December 15 and 20, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will confirm strikes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Scottish branch will be suspended after the SNP administration reopened talks over pay rises.

The RCN is calling for a 19 per cent pay rise after seeing wages fall by 20 per cent in real terms since 2010, but the government says the £10bn price tag for the increase is too big. medium.

Basit Mahmoud is the editor of Left Foot Forward magazine

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