Andy McDonald has publicly ‘absolutely’ contradicted Keir Starmer on NHS pay
Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald has ‘absolutely’ contradicted Labour leader Keir Starmer on pay for NHS staff. Where Starmer has said NHS staff should receive a pay award of only 2.1% – allowing himself to be ‘outflanked on the left’ by Boris Johnson’s improved but still woefully inadequate 3% – McDonald told LBC radio that nurses and other NHS workers should receive ‘as close as possible’ to the 12% demanded by the Royal College of Nurses and that he would ‘absolutely give [NHS staff] my support’ in the campaign for a big enough rise to reverse the real-terms cuts imposed by successive Tory governments:
Other unions, NHS campaigners and some back-bench Labour MPs are demanding 15% as the minimum required to address the injustice, so Andy McDonald is still some way short of the mark – but as the first front-bencher to stand up against Keir Starmer’s entrenched timidity, he deserves applause for standing firm for the wellbeing and interests of NHS workers and the whole country.
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