Only a Labour government can save the NHS, says UNISON  

Every NHS worker must be rewarded with an early pay rise of at least £2,000

Speaking at a Labour Party virtual conference discussion later today (Sunday) on how best to recognise and value NHS workers, both during and after the pandemic, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis will say:

“NHS staff have given their all for all of us. Now is the time to reward their incredible efforts and heroism, with a pay rise of at least £2,000 for every single NHS worker.

“We all know that the best thing for our NHS is a Labour government – and we all know that you only get a Labour government when there is real unity.

“It’s time to stop looking back and fighting the old battles of the past. Instead we must look forward, with one mission, to secure a Labour government.

“That’s how we’ll save our NHS.”

Notes to editors: 
– Dave Prentis will be speaking at the Labour Party conference policy panel at 6pm today. The panel includes: Jon Ashworth MP (shadow health and social care secretary, Jennifer Dixon (chief executive, Health Foundation), Rehana Azam (national secretary, GMB), Vaughan Gething MS (Welsh minister for health and social services), and Rachel Reeves MP (shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster).
– A Savanta ComRes opinion poll commissioned by UNISON in July showed overwhelming public support for an early and significant pay rise for NHS staff.
– 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.

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