56% of healthcare workers skip meals due to low pay, new data shows

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77% of healthcare workers also said that low pay negatively affects their mental health

56% of healthcare workers skipped meals due to low pay, new research commissioned by Citizens UK has revealed.

The data, with a sample of 110 health care workers, showed that financial insecurity was felt by an overwhelming number of respondents: 73% said they had difficulty afforded daily essentials such as food and bills, while the 87% said they worry so much about money that it affects their everyday life.

Low pay doesn’t just affect healthcare workers’ ability to pay for their daily needs: 77% of healthcare workers said low pay negatively affects their mental health, while 72% said low pay causes them so much worry and stress it negatively affects their work.

Previous research of the Living Wage Foundation found that three-quarters of health workers are paid less than their real living wages, despite risking their lives on the front lines. Of the last year, Citizens of the United Kingdom ran a campaign calling for the true living wage for welfare workers, simply believing that it is not fair that those who care for others are not paid enough to take care of themselves.

Citizens UK calls on Gillian Keegan, Minister of State for Care, to ensure that the government provides sufficient funds to local authorities to ensure that all social workers can receive a true living wage.

Some local communities are taking matters into their own hands. Greater Manchester Citizens, a chapter of Citizens UK, is planning action on Saturday 13 November outside an Anchor nursing home and Salford Royal Hospital, a part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, to urge executives to pay their healthcare professionals the real Living dares.

The true living wage is the only rate calculated based on what people need to live. It currently stands at £ 9.50 (UK) and £ 10.85 (London), but the new fares will be announced on Monday (15ns). Monday’s announcement will see 300,000 UK workers employed by accredited Living Wage companies receive a pay raise in line with true cost of living.

One of the health workers struggling with low pay said: “I am a single mom who worries from the day they pay me until the next pay day. I have to calculate every single month to see what I have left for food after paying my mortgage and bills. I never have enough to put decent or extra meals on the table to buy essentials like underwear or socks. ”

Matthew Bolton, executive director of Citizens UK, said: “This research confirms what we know and what we have fought for: all key workers, including health care workers, deserve to be paid at least the real living wage, with the pandemic. which has only intensified this need.. More government funding is needed to local authorities to ensure this happens in the social care sector, but we also need industry employers to accredit themselves with the Living Wage Foundation to pay their employees a salary they can live on. health workers to care for the most vulnerable in society without making sure they can take care of themselves. ”

Basit Mahmood is the editor of Left Foot Forward

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