"We have always made it clear that the proposed changes to public sector pensions are of major concern to nurses and healthcare assistants," says Dr Peter Carter, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Chief Executive & General Secretary, in response to publication of the first stage of the Public Services Pensions Bill.

"In particular, the number one worry has been the potential prospect of working in a physically demanding job until the age of 68. We remain committed to vigorously opposing this proposal.

"Nursing is demanding in many ways. From working night shifts to being exposed to infections and moving patients, there is a huge amount of pressure - both physical and psychological - placed on today's nurses. Asking nurses to continue working until they're almost 70 is a deeply unpalatable prospect."

Posted by Penny Hosie