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NHS Pay Rise
July 22, 2021

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NHS Pay Rise

July 22, 2021

Don't get me wrong, I do believe the NHS have done a magnificent job, particularly during the pandemic. However, their reputation is being sullied by their, IMO, selfish demands for wanting more than the 3% offered. One male nurse was on the news today demanding more money because " we faced death every day on the Covid wards" - what about soldiers, who faced death daily on the streets of N. Ireland, Afghanistan etc, etc, and couldn't get home for months, living under squalid conditions ?   At the end of the day, nurses signed up to do a job just like soldiers do, and shouldn't be demanding more money particularly when the economy is suffering from the pandemic too. A Union guy said that inflation had eroded the 3% pay rise - does inflation ONLY affect the NHS !?! Thousands have lost their jobs in the UK through no fault of their own lately, so I do believe those members of the NHS threatening strike action should stop whinging about that 3% pay rise, which is far greater than many are getting, and stop being selfish. Incidentally, my daughter is a nurse, knows my views, and agrees with me ! Any thoughts from Forum members ? John (JKW)

July 23, 2021

Joined: May 8, 2014
Posts: 1974
NHS Pay Rise

July 23, 2021

John, in complete agreement with you,when you consider that millions are on PUP ,or no job at all due their jobs going the way of the fairies. They are getting a pay raise plus an INFLATION pay increase TOO ,for just doing the JOB they SIGNED UP FOR .  The NHS is doing the job that THEY Get praised to high heaven ,considering the bin men,post office workers,bus drivers ,police, or even the supermarket staff had to work under just as difficult situations over the last year or so but nobody is praising them for turning up and providing a service to the community . Then yes give them a pay rise then TAX INCREASE them to pay for it like everyone else would have to .

July 23, 2021

Joined: May 8, 2014
Posts: 1974
NHS Pay Rise

July 23, 2021

John, in complete agreement with you,when you consider that millions are on PUP ,or no job at all due their jobs going the way of the fairies. They are getting a pay raise plus an INFLATION pay increase TOO ,for just doing the JOB they SIGNED UP FOR .  The NHS is doing the job that THEY Get praised to high heaven ,considering the bin men,post office workers,bus drivers ,police, or even the supermarket staff had to work under just as difficult situations over the last year or so but nobody is praising them for turning up and providing a service to the community . Then yes give them a pay rise then TAX INCREASE them to pay for it like everyone else would have to .

July 26, 2021

Joined: May 12, 2014
Posts: 1603
NHS Pay Rise

July 26, 2021

Missed this lol. I totally agree with both of you. My granddaughter is just about to move to band 6 having successfully completed a post grad diploma in public health community nursing. Her new pay band starts at £31k she is 24! She will get annual increments as well as inflationary pay awards. She considers herself fairly remunerated. I think the 3% pay rise is exceptionally generous given the parlous state of the economy. The 12% being requested by the union is ludicrous. Sometimes in life different occupations are called upon to step up when a crisis occurs. The armed forces, police, fire services etc etc. None of them receive pay rises for doing so. Hard living allowances are only paid to the armed forces for the  duration of such situations in my recollection.   I think the NHS needs to get real, many consultants get paid more than the PM, nurses do a  great job but the majority of them were not on the Covid front line anyway. So, my thoughts are, the 3% pay rise is exceptionally generous all things considered and the police and other occupations not awarded any pay rise must be well angry!


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