I am a nurse with 15 years experience and I believe I do a bloody good job, am at the top of my band on £27,901 so I have already had all the incremental pay increases I can get; although I am currently acting up as a Band 6 to help out our unit which is short staffed. Seems to mean I still have the same caseload as before but have some extra duties as well to fit in.
I wish to remain a Band 5 because going above this grade invariably leads to more management and less patient contact, and helping people directly is why I want to do the job.
I don't do it for the money but do need to keep my family housed and fed and watered the same as everyone else.
In my case, and many of my colleagues, it's not about whether we get 1% or 2% or 3% or whatever. It's about the disdain from those in authority and the way they justify cutting pay; the current message smacks of ' the nurses want to reduce patient care so they can get more cash'.
It's about coming into work every week wondering what new tasks you are going to have to add on to the ones you currently do, and how you are going to fit them in.
It's about phoning home again to cancel stuff cos you have to stay a bit longer than you are contracted for.
It's about other changes to contracts which are also eating into your paypacket.
It's about hearing in the press that you are overpaid and will have money falling out of your arse when you retire.
It's about reading on here and elsewhere that you're not valued because 'you don't contribute to the economy, you are just a cost' and 'we pay your wages'.
Maybe it's time that the health system was privatised. I am good at what I do and am sure I could command a good price for my services.
Maybe as a healthcare professionals we should look towards treating our skills more as a marketable commodity.
Maybe we need a system where healthcare is provided dependent on what you can, or want to, pay.
Maybe you'll need to ring round hospitals to find one which is willing to provide the treatment at what you want to pay.
Maybe people will die because all the doctors/nurses/physios they contact just don't fancy selling them that particular procedure as it's not that lucrative.
Me personally, I would just like to keep going to work, helping people to get better and doing the best I can for my patients without worrying where the next kick in the teeth is coming from.