EXCL: Labour urges Ministers to ‘give NHS staff a fair pay rise,’ ahead of Commons vote

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13th September 2017

The Shadow Health Secretary is today calling on the Government to end the public sector pay cap in the NHS, saying it has been a “disaster” for the service.          

Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth
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Writing for PoliticsHome, Jon Ashworth said the 1% limit on pay rises across the public sector had created a “workforce crisis in the NHS,” that had caused “misery for patients”.

This comes ahead of an Opposition Day Debate in the Commons today on NHS pay.

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Yesterday, Number 10 announced that police and prison officers would get pay awards higher than 1% over the coming year, which the Prime Minister’s spokesman said marked a more “flexible” approach to public sector pay.

But the Shadow Health Secretary dismissed the announcement, saying: “On Tuesday the government tried to tell us that the pay cap had been lifted with a 2 per cent pay offer for police and 1.7 per cent for prison officers.

“Let’s be clear – these offers are below inflation, and in the case of the police award, non-consolidated. This isn’t the lifting of the cap, it’s a further pay cut.

“This just won’t wash – at the election the Tories’ pay policy was decisively rejected.

“The cap has to be lifted, properly, across the public sector.”