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Nurses stage protest against pay cap outside Westminster

By Alan Jones

The government is coming under mounting pressure to scrap the controversial 1% cap on public sector pay amid the threat of strikes by nurses and civil servants.

The issue was raised at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons when Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warned that "warm words do not pay food bills".

He told the Prime Minister to "see sense" by scrapping the cap, amid speculation that Theresa May is preparing to end the long-standing policy.

Thousands of nurses demonstrated in Westminster as part of a campaign by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which has warned of industrial action if the cap is now removed.

Rachael Labourne (46), who works as a nurse, midwife and social worker in Mid Wales, said she wanted "fair pay" for nurses who have felt increasing financial pressure in recent years. She said: "Both my husband and I are nurses and we're finding it difficult to support our family, but I'm passionate about what I do."

A poll for the RCN of 1,624 members of the public found 68% believe nurses are underpaid and 72% think there are too few nurses to provide safe care to patients.

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