A pay rise for the NHS

I campaigned in the last election on the slogan “Prosperity, not austerity”, and have argued that we need to spend a bit more on the NHS and education. I have also argued for higher wages, especially for the lower paid in our public services. I am therefore pleased that today we learn there will be a pay rise for NHS staff, with the largest percentage increases for those on the lowest pay. The Treasury accepts it needs to provide some more cash for the NHS to pay for this change. I continue to urge Ministers to provide enough money for Wokingham and West Berkshire services.

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3 Comments

  1. Epikouros
    Posted March 21, 2018 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Pay rises if not to be inflationary are awarded for improvements in productivity. NHS staff, not their fault but the the way the NHS is set up and run, cannot claim that their productivity has improved sufficiently to warrant a pay rise. Nor can politicians or civil servants but they still get them anyway.

  2. Helen Smith
    Posted March 21, 2018 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    A pay rise for low paid council staff such as myself would be nice too. Still, my wages are so low now I will be below the new Living Wage in a few months, that’s something I suppose.

    If only I worked in the sainted NHS, then the BBC and others might actually care.

  3. Narrow Shoulders
    Posted March 21, 2018 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    And easily affordable if your government would just address over generous NHS pensions. (And education, and military and police and other public sector employees).

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