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Welsh and Scottish ministers call for additional NHS funding to avert strike action

13 Nov 2022 3 minute read
Health Minister Eluned Morgan. Photo Welsh Government

Wales’ Health Minister Eluned Morgan and her Scottish counterpart Humza Yousaf have written to the UK Health Secretary Steve Barclay asking for more funding to help avert strike action this winter.

The ministers wrote to Mr Barclay ahead of Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s autumn statement next week in a bid to call for additional funding for hard-working NHS staff.

It comes after ambulance workers in Scotland voted to take industrial action for one day on November 28.

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney and the Welsh Government’s minister for finance Rebecca Evans also recently wrote to the Treasury in calls for additional funding for public services.

The letter reads: “We wanted to write to you in advance of the Chancellor’s autumn statement on November 17 to once again make the case for additional funding for our hard-working NHS staff.

“The Royal College of Nursing have announced a sweeping legal mandate for industrial action across the UK. In Scotland, they have joined several other unions representing NHS staff in gaining a legal mandate for industrial action with ballots expected to confirm a mandate in the rest of the UK.

“The risk to the NHS of industrial action this winter is profound, and we all need to do all we can to avert industrial action in any form.

Catastrophic

“The NHS across the UK continues to feel the effects of the pandemic as it recovers and remobilises, and any action is likely to have catastrophic effects in all parts of the UK.

“We are experiencing a cost of living crisis and the anger of NHS staff is entirely understandable.

“Sky rocketing inflation combined with high-interest rates, a direct result of the havoc caused by the UK Government’s mini-budget, means that we are simply unable to come close to matching the expectations of NHS staff across the country.

“While the support provided by the UK Government on areas such as support for energy bills is welcome, it has not gone nearly far enough.

“Media reports suggest that the Chancellor is considering reimposing austerity on the people of the UK again, for which there is no mandate, through extensive spending cuts.

“That would be a disaster for our public services, including the NHS, at a time when they need more investment, not less.

“We would therefore implore you to work with us to make the case to the Chancellor in advance of his autumn statement for increased funding for the NHS and the devolved governments as a whole, primarily to pay our hard-working NHS staff a fair pay rise in the face of the cost-of-living crisis this winter, and avoid what could be catastrophic industrial action in the NHS.”


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Mark
Mark
17 days ago

Having additional funding is all well and good. Unfortunately, extra does not always mean a better service. Politicians across the UK have no idea how to manage the NHS. Too much of the already vast sums spent are wasted through mismanagement. Ignoring the experience and experts that work within the service is a detriment to the general public.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
17 days ago

Jeremy Hunt almost caused the complete collapse of the NHS while he was health secretary, he co wrote a book describing how to privatise the NHS, Eluned Morgan might as well write a letter to father christmas.

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