To Matt Hancock MP - Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak
We’ve clapped for them, now it’s time to act for them. Give NHS staff the real pay rise they deserve.
Why is this important?The government have just released their recommendations to the body that reviews NHS staff pay. And frankly, it's outrageous. The government thinks that after a year of working flat out to keep us safe and putting their lives at risk, our NHS staff deserve a measly 1% pay rise.
They say any higher pay rise would require "re-prioritisation” and that the current context of the pandemic has to be taken into account. But NHS workers battled through this pandemic from the frontline, to care for us and our families. If that isn’t worth prioritising, what is?
And to make matters worse, data just released shows that after inflation a 1% pay rise for NHS staff would amount to a pay CUT. It’s a slap in the face to our healthcare heroes.