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Labour would Remove 1% Pay Cap that Government Has Imposed on NHS Staff

The Labour Party has promised that National Health Service (NHS) staff will receive a pay rise and tuition fees will be scrapped for student nurses and midwives, if they win the General Election on June 8.

The party also stated that these policies would help address staffing shortages in England. However, the Conservatives have said Labour’s nonsensical economic policies will put the health services at risk.

The shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth said that the NHS staff had been "ignored, undervalued, overworked, insulted and underpaid" by the Conservative government.

He said enough is enough. What is bad for NHS staff is bad for patients too. Staff shortage means reduced services and a threat to patient safety. The new guarantees of Labour Party for NHS staff will help keep services running at the standards which England's patients expect.

Labour has set out the three specific guarantees. These are:

  • Strict rules on safe staffing levels in NHS settings
  • Reversing the end of bursaries and introduction of tuition fees planned for August for student nurses and midwives.
  • Scrapping the 1 per cent pay cap in place this Parliament so that the pay is increased to a "sustainable level" for all NHS staff

The chair of British Medical Council (BMA), Dr Mark Porter said that the NHS staff will be encouraged by this understanding of the harmful impact on their morale from the years of real terms pay cuts and ongoing pay limitation that have led to understaffing, vacant posts and rota gaps.

Janet Davies, the General Secretary of Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that a health service that works for patients must value its staff. But the political parties should go further and promise to “increase investment” overall. 

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