Piers Morgan predicts Boris Johnson is poised to make another u-turn over NHS pay chaos | UK | News
Nurses have been offered a one percent increase whilst most of the public sector is facing a pay freeze. The Government is trying to reverse the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic and associated shutdown.
However Labour has termed the offer “reprehensible” and demanded it be increased.
There are fears of strike action led by trade unions representing nurses.
Mr Morgan tweeted: “Boris Johnson owes his life to nurses, yet rewards them with a pathetic one percent pay rise.
“He’ll inevitably be shamed into yet another U-turn and they’ll end up getting more.
“But lets not forget how hard to clapped them, then how hard he slapped them in the face.”
Mr Johnson caught coronavirus last March and later admitted his survival had been “touch and go”.
Speaking at a London vaccination hub after the pay offer was announced the Prime Minister insisted he is “massively grateful to all NHS staff”.
He noted: “The independent pay review body will obviously look at what we’ve proposed and come back.
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Appearing on Sky News Labour’s Lisa Nandy said a proposed one percent pay rise is really a cut.
She commented: “The Government, to be clear, is not planning a pay rise.
“That is a real-terms pay cut because it doesn’t keep up with inflation, and for nurses to be offered a pay cut is just reprehensible in our view.
“We think nurses deserve a pay rise this year and that should never have been something that was up for negotiation – this is a Government that has completely got its priorities wrong.”
Gavin Williamson defended the policy during his appearance on the same show.
The education secretary said: “What we all recognise is that this is a period of making sure we have restraint right across the public sector.
“We’re facing almost three-quarters of a million people who are unemployed and we have in the context of that decided to exempt the NHS from the public sector pay freeze, which is the only part of the public sector that has been exempted from that.”
More than 30 percent of the UK population has now been vaccinated, a figure far higher than for any other European country.
The Government hopes all restrictions on socialising in England can be lifted by June 21.