Jodie Elliott, a West London nurse, explained her position on how things have got this far: “I never wanted to get to the point of striking, but we’re at breaking point and it feels like this is our last resort.
“The most experienced frontline nurses are now around £10,000 a year worse off in real terms than in 2008, so we’re essentially working the equivalent of one day a week for free. We’re also dangerously understaffed, to the point where I worry it’s risking patient safety. That’s why we’re striking: not to risk patient safety, but to save it.”
Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay defended the Government’s position: “These are challenging times, which is why we accepted the recommendations of the independent NHS Pay Review Body in full and have given over one million NHS workers a pay rise of at least £1,400 this year. This is on top of a three per cent pay increase last year, when public-sector pay was frozen and wider government support with the cost of living.”
Industrial action is expected to begin before the end of this year.
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Yesterday we asked: Are you considering alternatives to Twitter?
@Jackyrussell4 is sticking around on Twitter - until fees are involved.
@FourAdamThirty favours quitting more quietly: “This isn’t the airport, you don’t have to announce your departure.......just go!”
Joe Dazema JD commented via Facebook: “It’s not a healthy development to allow someone who has no social interest rather making money to buy up our freedom because they can afford it. Twitter has lost a lot of credible followers because of Elon Musk. Maybe he should sell it off and concentrate on Tesla”.
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