My second petition is about the conditions experienced by nursing staff in my constituency. Once again, it has been signed by many of my constituents. It reads as follows:
The Petition of residents of the Taunton constituency and others,
Declares that the Government’s refusal to backdate the pay settlement awarded to NHS nurses by the independent Pay Review Body in 2007 constitutes a broken promise to a profession that has been unfairly neglected in recent years; that the recent offer of 8 per cent. over 3 years is insufficient and vulnerable to current inflationary turmoil; and that the nurses of Taunton Deane are highly skilled and dedicated public servants who have earned a fair and rewarding pay settlement.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to increase the rate of pay for NHS nurses beyond the current settlement.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.