Local MPs support £2K pay rise for NHS staff

Eastern region MPs are supporting a £2,000 pay rise for NHS staff.

UNISON is campaigning for an early rise for health workers who have given their all during the Covid-19 pandemic and members have written to their MPs asking for support.

Cambridge’s Daniel Zeichner backed the campaign.

“I support calls for the government to make an immediate commitment to pay talks for NHS workers,” he said.

“As we know, valuing our NHS workforce through fair pay and conditions is crucial to tackling the many vacancies across the health service. I believe any new deal for NHS workers must be agreed as soon as possible, in recognition of the bravery and sacrifice shown by healthcare staff during this pandemic.

“NHS and care staff, many of whom are exhausted and fearing burn-out, need more than Thursday evening clapping.

“They have been asked to give so much and too often they get so little in return. The government should recognise and reward NHS and care staff with a guarantee of a decent pay rise.”

Bedford’s Mohammad Yasin is also behind the campaign.

“It goes without saying that the efforts of health and care workers in the NHS and social care, within the public and private sectors has been integral to the fight against the current coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

“Following calls from my own constituents I wrote to the chancellor in advance of the November spending review and made the case that NHS staff should be awarded a pay rise.

“I support the campaign to raise wages throughout the NHS workforce, and will continue to do so.”