Campaigners protest over NHS pay deal outside Heatherwood Hospital

Campaigners gathered outside Heatherwood Hospital to support trade union calls for a fairer pay deal for NHS staff.

The Government announced last month that it had accepted recommendations by the independent NHS Pay Review Body to hand NHS employees a three per cent pay rise backdated to April 2021.

But trade union group UNITE claim this will fall below the rate of inflation.

It also criticised the Government for not consulting trade unions or NHS staff over proposed pay changes.

Members of UNITE, the Save Heatherwood Hospital campaign group and the Slough & District TUC turned out on Wednesday to show their support for NHS staff.

Campaigners outside Heatherwood Hospital on Wednesday

Campaigner Margery Thorogood said: “This represents a betrayal on the part of the government who, it was thought, were intent on rewarding staff properly for what they do.

“So it is down to people like us to make our voices heard. Please support NHS workers in their claim for a decent pay award which recognises their value.”

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “NHS staff are rightly receiving a pay rise this year despite the wider public sector pay pause, in recognition of their extraordinary efforts.

“We asked the independent pay review bodies for their recommendations and I’m pleased to accept them in full, with a three per cent pay rise for all staff in scope, from doctors and nurses to paramedics and porters.”

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  • Paludian

    16:39, 01 September 2021

    In other news, the NHS jobs website lists a staggering number of new "job" vacancies across the country such as "Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion", "Race Equality Project Manager", "Equality & Inclusion Project Lead (Workforce Race Equality)" etc, etc., ranging from £40K to £71K per annum. I do wonder whether the poor taxpayer, who does not enjoy a generously pensioned job for life, will agree that these people deserve a lot more than 3%.

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    • Stranger

      15:15, 03 September 2021

      The reason it's necessary to have such positions is that ethnic minorities, disabled people, sexual minorities, all sorts of minorities are hardly represented at all in the top echelons of the NHS and its trusts. I doubt the taxpayer is happy about that situation. The minorities actually do the work of the NHS, as cleaners, nurses, therapists, paramedics and doctors. So we need high-flying positions to be created for them, to upset the apple cart of the club types who rule the NHS and make all its executive decisions. If this isn't possible and people don't want to treat minorities fairly and with respect, then we would rather break it (the NHS). There will be NO return to the 1960s, with people "knowing their place" and "not getting above themselves" or "getting uppity". Get that straight, internalise it and get it through your head. We would rather break the NHS than return to your ideal situ of being the subaltern. A fair proportion of control and power over policy-making or decisions is what we (minorities) want and it's what we will have. If push comes to shove then we'd rather have it shoved over a cliff and start again. The clock isn't going back.

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