Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Campaign reply - NHS Pay rise

Constituents have contacted me as part of a campaign run by 38 degrees asking to give all NHS staff an immediate pay rise.

I fully appreciate the incredibly hard work put in by staff in the NHS as well as across a number of critical and key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many people who have heroically carried on doing their work throughout this pandemic who all deserve great praise and recognition.

At the moment, the priority must continue to be to focus on the immediate challenge  of continuing our fighting against the COVID-19 virus, emerging from the lockdown and reopening our economy.
Once we are through this it will be right to consider how best to recognise all those who put themselves on the frontline in this crisis. This could of course include a pay increase and when the appropriate time comes this is something I would happily support.