Blaydon MP Dave Anderson claims Tyneside nurses are turning to shoebox collections

NHS nurses on Tyneside are “seriously considering” setting up shoebox collections to help colleagues struggling to cope with pay cuts, MPs have heard.

Labour’s Dave Anderson, MP for Blaydon,  said some nurses were worried about getting through Christmas.

And he said he had been informed of the idea under consideration at a trust where the chief executive’s pay had increased alongside a rise in allowances for its governors.

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Anderson told Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt :

“Can I advise you that last week I spoke to nurses at the hospital near my constituency who told me because of the ongoing cuts to their pay, which has been going on for many years, they are actually seriously considering setting up shoebox collections to help their members get through Christmas.

“At the same time, the chief executive of the trust has had a 17% pay increase and the governors of the trust have had an 88% increase in their allowances.

“Is this what you mean by all being in this together?”

Mr Hunt replied that the Government would take no lessons from Labour on increases to the salaries of senior managers.

He said:

“I’m afraid we won’t take any lessons from the party that increased managers’ pay at double the rate of nurses’ pay when they were in office.

“I’ll tell you what this Government has done when it comes to the lowest paid NHS workers, because of our increases in the tax-free threshold they have seen their take home pay go up by £1,000 a year.”

> Pot calls kettle black, blah, blah, blah… meanwhile the nurses are still collecting.

Source –  Newcastle Evening Chronicle,  02 Dec 2014

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