Health workers organize a rally to lobby Prime Minister Theresa May for a wage raise.


Health workers organize a rally to lobby Prime Minister Theresa May for a wage raise.

Health workers are pleading with Prime Minister Theresa May to end their long wait for a pay raise, despite the government’s recommendation of a 1% boost.

Thousands of health workers throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be looking to Boris Johnson to reveal his decision in the coming days, according to Unison, which is holding a protest at Westminster on Wednesday.

NHS workers were due a wage raise in April, but officials stated they would wait for the pay review body’s findings, which are expected in the coming days.

Most health employees in Scotland accepted a salary increase of at least 4% from the Scottish Government earlier this month.

Unison claims it has been 300 days since it wrote to Mr Johnson requesting a £2,000 raise for every NHS employee.

On Wednesday, Unison general secretary Christina McAnea and Unison head of health Sara Gorton joined health workers outside Parliament, holding posters stating that all eyes are on Prime Minister Theresa May to make a pay decision.

“He either has – or will have – the material gathered by the NHS pay review panel within days,” Ms McAnea said. Boris Johnson is currently the only person standing in the way of a salary increase for health professionals.

“The Government in Scotland has recognized Scottish NHS employees, demonstrating that it values everything they have done in the past year. The Westminster Government now has the opportunity to show its support for the NHS. The Prime Minister now has the ball in his hands.

“Boris Johnson has had the power to reward NHS employees all along, but he has chosen not to do so, preferring to use the pay review body process as an excuse for delay.

“More time-wasting increases the danger of more health workers leaving. That would be devastating for everyone, given the NHS’s massive backlog of treatments and operations.”


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