Harlow Labour leader responds to nurses strike action decision

News / Mon 7th Nov 2022 at 09:15am

THE LEADER of Harlow Labour has responded to the news that nurses are set to take strike action.

Councillor Chris Vince said: “The decision that nurses and NHS professionals are taking over whether or not to take industrial action cannot be an easy one.  Like many people in the public sector, they didn’t get into the profession for the money and certainly not to have a glamourous lifestyle. 

“They did it because they wanted to make a positive difference to people’s lives, to care for those people in need, to treat the sick or injured.  The fact that they are being forced to even consider strike action shows how difficult their jobs and their lives are becoming.  

We know that many nurses are not being paid enough to be able to afford to heat their homes or feed their families, with many being forced to turn to food banks to do the latter.  This isn’t good enough.

We also know that many nurses are being forced to take difficult decisions.  Only recently a clip was revealed from Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow of a nurse telling people in A & E that there is a 13 hour wait.  This isn’t good enough.

We know that nurses are being forced to look after more and more patients and that due to staffing shortages they are having to care for more and more patients at once, having a negative effect not only on the care they can provide but also a knock-on effect on their mental health.  This isn’t good enough.

Whatever decision nurses at PAH take over the next few weeks Harlow Labour Party and Harlow Labour Councillors will stand with them.  

The next Labour government will ensure that nurses will be paid a decent wage and don’t need to rely on foodbanks.  We’ll also recruit more nurses and more health care professionals to take away from the burden from those already in the profession.

In September Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves committed to:

·        Doubling the number of medical school places to 15,000 a year

·        Doubling the number of district nurses qualifying each year

·        Training 5,000 new health visitors a year

·        Creating 10,000 more nursing and midwifery clinical placements each year

·        A long-term workforce plan for the NHS, with independent workforce projections, new career paths into the NHS, and new types of health and care professionals.

Labour would pay for this by getting rid of non-dom status (see below)


“I’d say that 12 years of a Conservative government has left the NHS at breaking point but I think we all know the reality is that we’re far beyond that.  Change is needed now”.

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8 Comments for Harlow Labour leader responds to nurses strike action decision:

2022-11-07 09:27:33

All these big promises by Labour but not one word on how they are going to fund them. They may certainly win the next election both Locally and Nationally but as usual once they get their feet under the desk nothing will come about. Empty promises

2022-11-07 09:36:44

More blah blah blah blah blah. Time to wake up politicians. We need action not words

Kim Oconnor
2022-11-07 11:17:53

Labour never say where's money coming from, not just on this, but on everything. Nurse s doctors deserve to be looked after, there money should be in top bracket. Clapping on door step is all well and good, but show them that this government cares.

2022-11-07 11:45:13

Great to hear that Labour has a plan to sort the NHS. 7 million people on waiting lists - this mess isn’t going to get sorted until we have a government that gets a grip and deal with the workforce crisis

2022-11-07 15:04:52

Well done Chris, Now tell us where’s the money coming from. We all know you love a headline.

Herbert Thompson
2022-11-07 17:33:15

I think they have got to more Nurses but give them the extra money to keep them don't wont more strikes. get the MPs to sort it out give them the extra 5% or what they are asking for they deserve it.

David Forman
2022-11-08 09:28:54

Another quick fire letter with a mistake in the first paragraph. Chris Vince says, 'that nurses and NHS professionals are taking over whether or not to take industrial action" is obviously incorrect. I believe he means "talking" over. Perhaps Mr Vince would benefit from reading George Orwell's essay 'Politics and the English Language'.

David Vincent
2022-11-08 09:52:38

Don't believe Cllr Vince's promises of a Labour government paying nurses a "decent wage". A Labourlist article from last year headlines with 'Labour criticised over refusal to back 12% pay rise for NHS nurses'. The evidence that Vince is talking nonsense is here: https://www.google.com/amp/s/labourlist.org/2021/03/labour-criticised-over-refusal-to-back-12-pay-rise-for-nhs-nurses/%3famp

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