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Government's 1% insults NHS staff

March 5, 2021 12:33 PM
By Bryan Lewis

The proposed 1% pay rise for NHS workers is an insult from the government. We need to pay NHS staff properly for the vital work that they do.

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1% is an insult

Nurses, carers, cleaners and other healthcare workers are working flat out every day to keep hospitals running and save as many lives as they can, just as they are every single day when there is not a pandemic.

Tragically, it is estimated that more than 600 NHS workers have died of coronavirus, and many more sufffer from mental health problems after working throughout the pandemic.

But despite this, NHS workers don't get rewarded with a corresponding salary. In fact, nursing salaries have fallen behind the cost of living for a decade. Ridiculously the governmant claims 1% is "the most we can afford" - while it pays out billions to crony contractors.

A 15% raise would mean that nurses and other healthcare staff's salaries are brought up to the level where it would have been, if they had not been given below-inflation pay rises since 2010.

All of us who live in the UK owe healthcare workers a huge debt of gratitude and we need to pay them in a way that will make a real difference in their lives: a substantial pay rise.