The Government’s recommendation to the NHS pay-review body that NHS pay should only be increased by 1% is an insult to NHS staff.

They have spent the last 12 months on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus, trying to save lives and keep the country safe, in addition to the vital work that they were doing before the pandemic started and will continue to do after it is over.

As a nation, we owe a massive debt to NHS staff, and the least we can do is ensure that they are paid a decent wage.

What I found most shocking and the Government’s recommendation to increase NHS pay by only 1%, is that it had already budgeted for a 2.1% increase.  I cannot understand why it decided to abandon its original plans and cut the increase by more than a half.

My Opposition colleagues and I have consistently backed pay increases for public sector workers, including NHS staff, and this will not change.

We will continue to call out the Government for their disregard for NHS staff and push, at the very least, for a return to the 2.1% that was already budgeted.  NHS pay is one of our priorities, and a priority for the wellbeing of the country.

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