Labour “won’t rest” until every NHS hero gets a fair pay deal, Shadow Chancellor warns Government
Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds has warned the Government that Labour will use “every parliamentary opportunity” to secure a fair pay deal for every NHS worker after the pandemic.
Speaking during an ‘In Conversation With’ event to the Reform thinktank, Dodds said the party “won’t rest” until all NHS staff get a multiyear pay deal that gives them certainty for the future.
The intervention from the Shadow Chancellor comes as Labour publishes a departmental breakdown of the cuts to day-to-day spending on public services the Government is planning compared to pre-Covid plans next year, including almost £600m in cuts to the education budget outside of schools.
Dodds hit out at Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to justify handing NHS workers a real-terms pay cut on the basis of ‘affordability’ when the Conservative Government has wasted and mismanaged billions of public money during the pandemic.
Condemning the treatment of NHS workers by the Government as “shabby”, Dodds also said it was extraordinary that the Chancellor made no allowances in this month’s Budget for long-term pandemic-related costs to the health service such as waiting lists, operation backlogs and help for those suffering from long Covid.
She pointed out that on top of the pay cut, the Chancellor plans to hit the Department of Health with a £300m real-terms cuts in day-to-day spending next year.
Speaking after the event, Anneliese Dodds MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said:
“The mask slipped for Rishi Sunak and the Conservatives at this month’s Budget. It was the moment it became clear they want a return to the same weak foundations that led to the worst economic crisis of any major economy.
“Instead of rewarding all NHS workers with the fair pay rise they deserved, the Chancellor hit them with a real-terms pay cut. Labour won’t stand for this shabby treatment of our Covid heroes, so we will use every parliamentary opportunity to force the Conservatives to reverse this insult.
“When Labour clapped for our carers during the pandemic, we meant it. That’s why we won’t rest until all our brave NHS staff get the fair, long-term, pay settlement they deserve.”