Responding to the announcement today (Friday) that the NHS is to get £3bn to help prepare for a possible second wave of Covid-19, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:
“The NHS needs all the resources available to ensure it’s well-prepared for a resurgence. Securing plentiful supplies of personal protective equipment to keep staff and patients safe and getting the entire NHS running again all come at a price.
“But the government must invest in staff too. Providing the funding so everyone in the NHS can get an early pay rise this year would make health workers feel valued after all they’ve been through. It would prove popular with the public too.
“Increased wages would enable the NHS hold on to experienced employees, attract new ones to fill its many vacancies and help get it through the difficult months ahead.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.