Labour Promises NHS Staff Fair Pay, Safe Staffing & Return of the NHS Bursary

Labour has promised NHS staff will get fairer pay, safer staffing and no tuition fees for student nurses and midwives under a Labour government.

Following the announcement of a snap general election on June 8th 2017 Labour has made several key promises to NHS staff. This comes less than a week after Theresa May suggested the NHS could be a part of US-UK trade negotiations.

Labour said the policies would help address staffing shortages in England that had become a “threat to patients” and criticised a move by Jeremy Hunt where he suppressed safer staffing guidelines from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

But the Conservatives said Labour’s nonsensical economic policies would put the health service at risk after they announced an ongoing cap on NHS workers pay and the removal of the NHS Bursary.

Three specific guarantees have been set out by Labour;

  • Scrapping the 1% pay cap in place this Parliament so that pay is increased to a “sustainable level” for all NHS staff.
  • Reversing the end of bursaries and introduction of tuition fees planned for August for student nurses and midwives.
  • Tougher rules on safe staffing levels in NHS settings.

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said NHS staff had been “ignored, insulted, undervalued, overworked and underpaid” by the Conservative government. Enough is enough. What is bad for NHS staff is bad for patients too. Short staffing means reduced services and a threat to patient safety. Labour’s new guarantees for NHS staff will help keep services running at the standards which England’s patients expect.