NHS Pay

Dawn Primarolo MP's response to constituents regarding NHS Pay:

 

Dear Constituent

Thank you for contacting me recently regarding NHS pay.

I appreciate and share the serious concerns that many public sector workers, including those in the NHS, feel about the Government's changes to public sector pay - particularly at a time when many households are seeing their incomes squeezed by the cost of living crisis.

NHS staff work incredibly hard in often difficult circumstances and I know how angry and frustrated many NHS workers are at the Government's decision to reject the advice of the independent NHS Pay Review Body's (NHSPRB) to award a modest 1% pay increase to all NHS staff.

I believe it is unfair for NHS staff to be singled out in this way by the Government. The NHSPRB looked carefully at this issue and it is believed that the Government should not have rejected its advice.

I know that morale is already low in the NHS and I fear that this broken promise by the Government on NHS pay will damage it even further.

That is why it is so important that the Government now listen and respond to the concerns that NHS staff and trade unions have raised and work to find a negotiated, sustainable settlement that averts the disruption to patients that strike action will bring.

It is also clear to me that if the Government had not wasted £3 billion on a re-organisation that nobody wanted, the NHS would have a much better financial outlook than it has today. I welcome the commitment by the Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham MP, that a future Labour Government would repeal the 2012 Health and Social Care Act.

Please be assured that I will continue to follow this issue closely and bear in mind the points you raise. Thank you once again for writing to me and for sharing your views.

Yours sincerely

Dawn Primarolo

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