Why is the government telling an INDEPENDENT organisation what pay nurses should get?

Steve Barclay: sadly, none of the equipment behind him was able to jump-start his brain.

Remember before Christmas, when Tory spokespeople were all over the media telling us nurses couldn’t have the pay rise they were demanding because the “independent” pay review body had set the amount?

What do you make of this, then:

The Health Secretary has instructed the NHS pay review body to recommend a pay rise of around 2% for the 2023-2024 financial year.

So Steve Barclay has told the “independent” pay review body it can only recommend a tiny pay rise for nurses. That doesn’t seem independent to This Writer!

A recent letter from the secretary of state for health and social care Steve Barclay, to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) suggests “it is particularly important that [the NHSPRB] have regard to the government’s inflation target when forming recommendations”.

Pay awards – most particularly when the government is doing the paying – don’t cause inflation.

Mr Barclay also warns “the NHS budget has already been set until 2024 to 2025”.

So any pay negotiation – of any kind, including that supposedly offered by the Pay Review Body – must be fake, then?

Obviously, two per cent is nowhere near enough when inflation is much higher; it’s a real-terms pay cut for nurses who are already £10,000 per year worse-off, in real terms, than they were in 2008.

The result will be more nurses leaving the NHS and a further decline in the service – which Barclay will claim is because public medicine can’t work as well as private, profiteering healthcare.

People will die because of this decision – and Barclay should be held responsible.

Barclay himself seems entirely unsuited to running any kind of organisation, let alone the largest one in the United Kingdom.

After a recent visit to a hospital, he tweeted how he marvelled at a fantastic innovation in healthcare that frees up many beds.

This innovation is called a chair. It has been used in the NHS for very nearly 75 years.

Here’s A Different Bias‘s account of this weirdness:

Steve Barclay is an idiot.

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2 thoughts on “Why is the government telling an INDEPENDENT organisation what pay nurses should get?

  1. Jonathan Lisle-Summers

    There are parts of my local hospital that are already run by private companies. On the two occasions that I’ve had to use these they’ve both been very poor quality, untrained staff (couldn’t even apply a tourniquet), lost scans (three times)….

  2. Martyn Meacham

    As far as I am concerned, we have no government, all we have is a totally incompetent criminal Cartel that should be nowhere near any office where any important decisions are made! There must be a general election immediately…We cannot let this criminal tory Cartel go on destroying Britain for the personal gain and greed of them, and their business cronies…

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