The cost of living for nurses in London (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2020-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2020
Reference: 
2020/1026
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will the review on the impact of the cost of living for nurses committed to in the Our Vision for London NHS plan include a cost-benefit analysis of providing free travel passes for nurses?

Answer

The cost of living for nurses in London (2)

The cost of living for nurses in London (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

City Hall does not have any direct powers or responsibility for nurse recruitment and retention. This review has been led by the Capital Nurse Team at Health Education England (HEE) and overseen by the London Workforce Board.  Work is underway at NHS England and NHS Improvement and HEE to establish the London People Board. This new board will take forward work started by the London Workforce Board, including the impact of cost of living.  I will ask Sir David Sloman for an update on the detail of the work and intended next steps at my next quarterly meeting. 

I am committed to keeping London affordable for everyone and believe that the cost of travel shouldn’t be a barrier to working, studying or enjoying life in London. That’s why I am doing what I can to ensure travel remains affordable for all Londoners - including freezing TfL fares since 2016, introducing weekly capping, creating the Hopper fare and protecting existing concessions.