The Prime Minister is under pressure by angry health workers over the government recommending a pathetic 1% pay rise to the heroic frontline NHS staff.
Health workers union, Unison are staging a protest at Westminster today as thousand of staff across the UK are eagerly waiting to hear Boris Johnson’s decision over their pay rise in the coming days.
In April the NHS were due a pay rise, but Ministers said they will wait for the recommendations from the pay review body who are to deliver their report in days.
300 days ago Unison wrote to Johnson asking for a £2,000 pay rise for every NHS staff member.
Unison general secretary Christina McAnea and head of health Sara Gorton joined health workers outside Parliament today, holding signs to emphasise that all eyes are on Johnson to make a decision on pay.
Ms McAnea said, “He either has, or will have within days, the evidence gathered by the NHS pay review body. Boris Johnson is now the only person standing between health workers and a wage rise.
“Scottish NHS employees have been recognised by the government there, which has shown it values everything staff have done this past year.
“Now it’s the turn of the Westminster government to demonstrate its support for the NHS. The ball is well and truly in the Prime Minister’s court.
“All along Boris Johnson has had it within his gift to reward NHS staff, but he’s chosen not to, preferring to use the pay review body process as an excuse for delay.
“Further time-wasting runs the risk that more health workers will leave. With the huge backlog of treatments and operations looming over the NHS, that would be disastrous for everyone.”