Commenting on the NHS Providers’ report, There For You: A Better Future for the NHS Workforce, published today (Tuesday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:
“This report hits the nail on the head. The NHS finds itself at the heart of a vicious circle. As demands on the health service grow, and pay continues to dive as prices soar, staff are understandably attracted to jobs where the pressures are less extreme and the wages more competitive.
“Poor pay and the image that the NHS is a stressful place to work put off potential recruits, increasing the strain on remaining health staff. And so the workforce problems deepen.
“The government must listen to those that know the NHS best, and stop making it so hard for them to care for the injured and ill.
“Finding the money in the Budget to give all health workers an above inflation pay rise would be the first step to turning around the fortunes of the NHS and those that are working so hard to keep it afloat.”
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