This Valentine’s week we sent a letter to Rishi Sunak on behalf of all NHS staff asking him to work things out with us. Now we’re asking our friends, family and patients to back our call for the PM to meet with health unions and start to fix the workforce crisis.
Write to your MP
NHS pay is decided by politicians. By writing to your MP you can turn up the pressure for NHS staff to get the pay rise they deserve.
Your message doesn’t have to be long or complicated. A couple of sentences is plenty – the most important thing is to get in contact.
Download & display a poster
Print and colour one of our designs by top children’s illustrators Nick Sharratt, Nick Butterworth and Emer Stamp, or get creative and make your own. Then share a picture of your window on social media using the hashtag #WithNHSStaff.
Show support for the campaign
Add a Twibbon to your profile picture
Add a frame to your Facebook profile
Click on your profile picture and choose ‘update profile picture’. Then click on ‘add frame’ and search frames for ‘#WithNHSStaff’. Position and click on ‘use as profile picture’ to save.
What you can say
- Say you support a pay rise for NHS staff.
- If you work in the NHS you can speak about what it’s like at the moment, and what a pay rise would mean to you.
- Or if your or family members rely on NHS care, say why that matters to you.
Other points you could make:
- Staff shortages – better pay is needed to recruit and retain staff and ensure good patient care
- Fair pay – NHS pay has fallen more than private sector pay in recent years, and this year’s pay deal was another real-terms cut
- Economic benefits – boosting NHS pay benefits the economy, as NHS staff live in every part of the UK and spend their money in local businesses
- Ask your MP to support the call and write to the chancellor and health secretary to provide funding for a significant pay rise for NHS staff.