Nurses may have to wait beyond Budget for pay rise news

  • Chris Easom
  • March 2, 2021

The NHS risks an “exodus” of nurses after the pandemic abates if Rishi Sunak fails to offer a decent pay rise to staff, union bosses have warned. Nursing leaders said staff are “exhausted and morale is on the floor” after nearly a year of gruelling shifts battling coronavirus. The RCN urged the Chancellor to use next week’s Budget to boost central NHS funding for the explicit purpose of increasing staff pay levels or risk staff shortages which could hit patient care.