Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara criticises Government for breaking pay promise to NHS staff in Salford

NHSBarbara has criticised the Conservative-led Government for breaking its promise on pay for NHS nurses, paramedics and other front-line NHS staff.

Over half of NHS staff, including many nurses, midwives, paramedics and community nurses in Salford will lose out after the Health Secretary said their below-inflation 1% pay rise was “unaffordable” for the NHS.

The independent NHS Pay Review body, which had recommended the 1% rise, had warned that patient care might suffer “through declining staff morale and engagement” if the pay rise was denied to staff.

Barbara said:

“I believe that nurses, midwives and many other health staff working hard for the NHS in Salford will be disappointed by this decision to deny them a 1% pay rise. The money saved is a tiny fraction of the total NHS budget but the decision will affect the morale of those vital front-line staff.”

“The Conservative-led Government has squandered £3 billion on an unnecessary NHS reorganisation. More than £1.4 billion has been spent on redundancies in the NHS since this Government came to power and at least £435 million of that was just due to the reorganisation.

“Some of that wasted money could have been used to give frontline NHS staff their promised pay rise instead of giving six-figure pay-offs to senior managers. This just goes to show how little the Conservative-led Government thinks of the hardworking front-line staff who keep the NHS going in Salford and across the country.”

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