Posted on December 26, 2016

Huge increase in nurses calling for financial aid

A nurses’ charity has experienced a staggering increase in the number of nurses getting in touch to ask for financial aid since the summer months.

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust provides funds and support to nursing professionals when they are going through bad financial patches. In August, they had received 143 calls asking for help, but by November, this number had risen to 231. Reviewing 2016, a spokesman for the charity stated there had been a 40 per cent increase in financial aid enquiries, up from the 1,400 calls recorded in 2015, and that the number would be near 2,000 by the end of December.

This increase comes on the heels of research carried out by the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, which shows that midwives, nurses and healthcare assistants are twice as likely to experience some form of financial hardship and trouble as the general public.

The Nursing Times carried out a survey that revealed that 55 per cent of those taking the survey were unable to buy new furniture to replace broken items, such as beds, while 19 per cent claimed that they could not afford to purchase two pairs of shoes suitable for all weather.

Cavell Nurses’ Trust Chief Executive John Orchard commented that many of the people that they help are just about managing, and then health or financial problems of their own means that they cannot cope. He said that every day in every corner of Britain, nurses are giving their all to care for patients and too many are struggling to make ends meet.

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