Harlow Labour leader slams government over treatment of NHS workers

General / Wed 21st Dec 2022 at 12:54pm

THE LEADER of Harlow Labour has slammed the government over their treatment of health workers.

Councillor Chris Vince said: “Ambulance workers go on strike today, nurses have gone on strike for the first time twice in the last week, and the best a Government minister can do is warn people not to get injured. That is simply not good enough.

The UK is the sixth richest country in the world, and yet one in four hospitals have set up food banks to feed their staff. That is not good enough either.

Rishi Sunak has removed the cap on bankers bonuses. He has refused to make Non-Doms pay their fair share of tax and he raises tax for the employed, while keeping taxes low for corporations and for unearned wealth. Different choices with any of these issues would have covered the cost of an in-line with inflation pay rise for all health service workers.

It’s time Sunak’s ministers got back around the table to talk about pay. Nurses, carers, paamedics should not have to suffer a pay cut. And if the Ministers can’t do it, Sunak should do it himself.

“The NHS and its workforce has suffered from twelve years of Tory cuts. Enough is enough”.

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11 Comments for Harlow Labour leader slams government over treatment of NHS workers:

2022-12-21 15:33:41

What payrise would Cllr Vince offer? His party have said they would not give the 19% asked for, so what would he offer? It is very easy to throw stones from afar, but if he is serious about being an MP, what would he offer?

2022-12-21 16:56:16

Would Chris please explain clearly what rise his party would give everyone and exactly how it would be funded?

Tony Durcan
2022-12-21 19:54:38

The solution to the problem is not what others will do but what will the current health minister do. The RCN would like to wrap this up before Christmas to avoid more and longer strikes in the new year. All we want is a serious conversation to resolve this dispute. The minister has to introduce fresh money into the system. For too long we have had to accepted second rate pay. Nurses deserve it. Thank you to the thousands of our community who are supporting us. We have had the pots and pans now we need the pay. let’s hope the current health minister will listen and act. Enough is really enough. Tony Durcan. RCN

2022-12-21 21:05:14

Same question to Tony what would you pay and exactly how would it be funded? Sound bites are meaningless without details

2022-12-21 22:44:03

The NHS has spent £40 million on "diversity officers" £100,000 on how to talk to pregnant trans men and has Diversity tzars on over £100,000 it appears the NHS has plenty of money to pay frontline staff more but chooses to waste it on middle management and pointless job roles

2022-12-22 15:55:37

Peter makes a very valid point. The NHS needs less so-called ‘management’ and wokeism and more focus on frontline services, which is its role. The public sectors are too bloated with unnecessary functions, which equals waste.

Mr Grumpy
2022-12-22 16:03:38

Peter hit the nail square on the head. Trim down wasteful admin roles and give more to those on the sharp end ie those who actually work for a living.

2022-12-22 17:55:00

Chris Vince must be Harlow's hardest working Councillor. He's always out and about, listening to residents, helping where he can, litter picking, supporting community groups. Happy Christmas Chris

2022-12-22 20:13:11

Mark, Chris only has one agenda and that's to finally be selected as an MP and join the great Westminster gravy train #fact

2022-12-22 23:22:57

Peter is right. Chris Vince is seeking the gravy train as the Labour candidate, not for Harlow (where he has no chance) but for Colchester. If he had any integrity, why would he not stand in Harlow?

David Forman
2022-12-23 21:07:30

Aspiring professional politician Chris Vince clearly missed his own party's Health Secretary Wes Streeting's comments in the Sunday Telegraph last week. Labour will not pay the demands of the health unions, nor will they state a figure that Labour would pay. Mr Vince knows all this, so I draw the conclusion he is trying to hoodwink us. Not a good idea Mr Vince if you want to defeat the Tories. Evidence for Wes Streeting's comments: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/12/10/labour-vows-war-hostile-health-unions/

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