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Protesters want action on the widening pay gap at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton

The Argus: Protesters want action on the widening pay gap at hospital Protesters want action on the widening pay gap at hospital

Demonstrators protested about planned cuts to workers at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Led by the GMB Union, the protest yesterday challenged cuts to the salaries of workers at the bottom end of the pay scale, such as nurses and healthcare assistants (HCAs).

About 50 people turned up and spoke out against the proposed cuts.


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Gary Palmer, GMB regional organiser, said: “Despite the poor weather we had a good, vocal and respectful turnout.

“This is day one of an ongoing fight against cuts and we are calling on the trust to stop this widening pay gap and address the pay inequality.”

The GMB argues the void between the lowest salary of £14,298 and the highest of £97,453 is too vast.

Mr Palmer said: “The trust justifies large salaries by saying they want the best. But we should expect the same for nurses and HCAs.”

Sherree Fagge, chief nurse for Brighton and Sussex University Hospital, said: “Along with every other NHS provider in the country we are having to examine and reexamine how we spend our money.

“Before we made these changes our bank rates were higher than most other hospitals in England and were, in many circumstances, unfair compared with rates of pay for our substantive (permanent) nurses.

“We have been working closely with Unison to agree new bank rates that are fairer to everyone, and we have already begun to offer up to 100 bank staff permanent jobs in the NHS.”

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1:55pm Tue 4 Mar 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

The GMB seem somewhat moronic. Knocking the payment of £97k to people who, for example, transplant organs and plug holes in hearts, change hips etc in an attempt to get an extra £3k a year for nurse 'consultants' to stand around chatting at the nursing station, scoffing quality steet, whilst barely-literate healthcare assistants pretend to do the drug rounds as part of this governments involuntary, accidental euthanasia scheme.
The GMB seem somewhat moronic. Knocking the payment of £97k to people who, for example, transplant organs and plug holes in hearts, change hips etc in an attempt to get an extra £3k a year for nurse 'consultants' to stand around chatting at the nursing station, scoffing quality steet, whilst barely-literate healthcare assistants pretend to do the drug rounds as part of this governments involuntary, accidental euthanasia scheme. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: -8

2:48pm Tue 4 Mar 14

I wonder why says...

From beer to uncertainty wrote:
The GMB seem somewhat moronic. Knocking the payment of £97k to people who, for example, transplant organs and plug holes in hearts, change hips etc in an attempt to get an extra £3k a year for nurse 'consultants' to stand around chatting at the nursing station, scoffing quality steet, whilst barely-literate healthcare assistants pretend to do the drug rounds as part of this governments involuntary, accidental euthanasia scheme.
So many personal issues on so many levels in this rant!
Please don't turn out to be Matthew Kershaw.
[quote][p][bold]From beer to uncertainty[/bold] wrote: The GMB seem somewhat moronic. Knocking the payment of £97k to people who, for example, transplant organs and plug holes in hearts, change hips etc in an attempt to get an extra £3k a year for nurse 'consultants' to stand around chatting at the nursing station, scoffing quality steet, whilst barely-literate healthcare assistants pretend to do the drug rounds as part of this governments involuntary, accidental euthanasia scheme.[/p][/quote]So many personal issues on so many levels in this rant! Please don't turn out to be Matthew Kershaw. I wonder why
  • Score: 3

3:31pm Tue 4 Mar 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

I wonder why wrote:
From beer to uncertainty wrote: The GMB seem somewhat moronic. Knocking the payment of £97k to people who, for example, transplant organs and plug holes in hearts, change hips etc in an attempt to get an extra £3k a year for nurse 'consultants' to stand around chatting at the nursing station, scoffing quality steet, whilst barely-literate healthcare assistants pretend to do the drug rounds as part of this governments involuntary, accidental euthanasia scheme.
So many personal issues on so many levels in this rant! Please don't turn out to be Matthew Kershaw.
Sorry Nurse Ratched, nothing personal. Please put down the toffee finger and log off from the work station now...a proper doctor might need to check some lab results.
[quote][p][bold]I wonder why[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]From beer to uncertainty[/bold] wrote: The GMB seem somewhat moronic. Knocking the payment of £97k to people who, for example, transplant organs and plug holes in hearts, change hips etc in an attempt to get an extra £3k a year for nurse 'consultants' to stand around chatting at the nursing station, scoffing quality steet, whilst barely-literate healthcare assistants pretend to do the drug rounds as part of this governments involuntary, accidental euthanasia scheme.[/p][/quote]So many personal issues on so many levels in this rant! Please don't turn out to be Matthew Kershaw.[/p][/quote]Sorry Nurse Ratched, nothing personal. Please put down the toffee finger and log off from the work station now...a proper doctor might need to check some lab results. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: -4

6:38am Wed 5 Mar 14

Anna Phylactic says...

Maybe if the HCA's and nurses wanted highly paid healthcare jobs they should have spent 5 years at medical school and at least another 10 with lives ruined by constantly studying for and taking postgraduate exams.

Or they could have just done a joke degree and breezed into hospital management.
Maybe if the HCA's and nurses wanted highly paid healthcare jobs they should have spent 5 years at medical school and at least another 10 with lives ruined by constantly studying for and taking postgraduate exams. Or they could have just done a joke degree and breezed into hospital management. Anna Phylactic
  • Score: -1

12:02am Fri 7 Mar 14

telefantastic says...

From beer to uncertainty wrote:
The GMB seem somewhat moronic. Knocking the payment of £97k to people who, for example, transplant organs and plug holes in hearts, change hips etc in an attempt to get an extra £3k a year for nurse 'consultants' to stand around chatting at the nursing station, scoffing quality steet, whilst barely-literate healthcare assistants pretend to do the drug rounds as part of this governments involuntary, accidental euthanasia scheme.
You obviously have a skewed, out-dated, old fashioned and judgmental view of the roles within the NHS.
Being a nurse isn't about qualifications, it's about being who you are. No textbook can teach you how to cry with a patient. No class can teach you how to tell a family that their parents have died or are dying. No research analysis can teach you how to find dignity in giving someone a bed bath. A nurse is not about the pills or the charting or cutting people open. It's about being able to show love and compassion to people when they are at their weakest and most challenging moment in their life.
It is ignorant to believe that anyone should work for less than the living wage and you are showing that ignorance; it is not about someone who earns £97k a year or more, it's about the people who are earning way, way below any decent wage to provide this care and service to others, yet go home and not be able to afford to care for themselves.
We should all be valued for the different skills we have to offer. We all do our part and the hospital would not run if one of those 'parts' was missing.
[quote][p][bold]From beer to uncertainty[/bold] wrote: The GMB seem somewhat moronic. Knocking the payment of £97k to people who, for example, transplant organs and plug holes in hearts, change hips etc in an attempt to get an extra £3k a year for nurse 'consultants' to stand around chatting at the nursing station, scoffing quality steet, whilst barely-literate healthcare assistants pretend to do the drug rounds as part of this governments involuntary, accidental euthanasia scheme.[/p][/quote]You obviously have a skewed, out-dated, old fashioned and judgmental view of the roles within the NHS. Being a nurse isn't about qualifications, it's about being who you are. No textbook can teach you how to cry with a patient. No class can teach you how to tell a family that their parents have died or are dying. No research analysis can teach you how to find dignity in giving someone a bed bath. A nurse is not about the pills or the charting or cutting people open. It's about being able to show love and compassion to people when they are at their weakest and most challenging moment in their life. It is ignorant to believe that anyone should work for less than the living wage and you are showing that ignorance; it is not about someone who earns £97k a year or more, it's about the people who are earning way, way below any decent wage to provide this care and service to others, yet go home and not be able to afford to care for themselves. We should all be valued for the different skills we have to offer. We all do our part and the hospital would not run if one of those 'parts' was missing. telefantastic
  • Score: 7

2:44pm Tue 11 Mar 14

DisillusionedBtowner says...

'The GMB argues the void between the lowest salary of £14,298 and the highest of £97,453 is too vast' what a ridiculous statement... I'm pretty sure those on £97,453 have a tad more responsibility and skill than those starting out at the bottom of the pay scale.

Also Brighton & Hove CCG have adopted the 'Living Wage' so all staff should earn at least this in this area.
'The GMB argues the void between the lowest salary of £14,298 and the highest of £97,453 is too vast' what a ridiculous statement... I'm pretty sure those on £97,453 have a tad more responsibility and skill than those starting out at the bottom of the pay scale. Also Brighton & Hove CCG have adopted the 'Living Wage' so all staff should earn at least this in this area. DisillusionedBtowner
  • Score: -1

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