Readers’ letters - Friday, November 18

Thousands have been affected by the blood transfusion scandal
Thousands have been affected by the blood transfusion scandal

Show support for our nurses

Nurses across the North West are calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to scrap the one per cent pay cap when he delivers his Autumn Statement on November 23.

The one per cent cap on pay increases for public sector workers has meant that some nurses have seen their pay fall by up to 14 per cent in real terms since 2010 – a massive impact. In the North West, some NHS Trusts are facing a recruitment crisis which could mean Trusts will soon lack the staff needed to provide safe patient care.

Nurses are telling us they struggle to cope on their current pay levels and feel undervalued which leads to low morale and staff leaving the profession for good.

Unless the Chancellor takes urgent steps to ensure nursing pay reflects the complexity and value of the role, the nursing profession is being led into crisis. Members of the Royal College of Nursing are calling for a fair deal by asking the Chancellor to scrap the one per cent public sector pay cap for NHS staff, award NHS staff with an above-inflation pay increase and return to a UK-wide pay rate in the NHS.

If you would like to show your support for fair pay for nursing staff, visit www.rcn.org.uk/nursingcounts to find out what we are doing and to sign the petition on nursing pay.

Let’s tell the Chancellor that this is his opportunity to show that the Government does indeed value nurses. Thousands of nursing staff across the North West region are dedicated to caring for you. Please show your support for us.

Paul Wood

RCN North West
Operational Manager

appeals

Give to your chosen cause

Children in Need will soon be here, and it never fails to amaze me that, whatever the financial climate, the British people surpass last year’s total every time. It’s quite a transparent charity, I believe, and one I support, but one thing bothers me. Can you watch TV without an appeal? Each time it’s “Text Water” or “Text Blanket “ to some charity, often filmed by a “celebrity”.

This is now expanded by animal charities , where we are to save Spanish donkeys or whatever, and don’t forget the daily plastic bags and heart-wrenching mail that cascades daily. Don’t get me wrong, we can and should help where we can, but which? There have been appeals for clean water since before Band Aid, and yet they continue. So, what I am saying is, be generous, but try to make sure your kindness goes where YOU want it to go!

Allan Fazackerley

via email

fundraising

Learning and raising cash

We are touring the country, asking talented people in each county to teach us a skill, and we’re looking to come to Lancashire next.

We’re all in our late 20s, hope to be taught at least one lesson in every county of the UK over the course of the next year, and will donate £10 to Alzheimer’s Society for every lesson we receive. We have all lost relatives to Alzheimer’s and we’re using this challenge to raise funds to support sufferers.

Skills teachers can register their interest, and see examples of previous lessons taught, at www.teach-us.uk

Nick Street, Alice Albery and Matthew Bowen

via email

fundraising

Card sale was very successful

The Charity Card Sale, held on November 5, raised £1,243 for the seven charities involved. The sale was kindly opened by the Mayor Alan Cornthwaite, accompanied by his wife.

We would like to thank the United Reformed Church for the use of its hall.

Our thanks also go to our stalwarts, Jean and Joyce, who organised and sold refreshments.

The money taken for refreshments was given to the URC for its own charity.

We would also like to thank everyone who attended and supported the charities. We hope to see you next year!

John Whalley

Card Sale Organiser

environment

Ivy killing off our trees

A high percentage of trees around here are being strangled by ivy.

It needs somebody in authority to cut this parasite at ground level to release this deadly growth.

If not, these trees will start to fall over like skittles in 10 to 15 years .

R Ward

via email