Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:03 pm on 13th September 2017.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health 1:03 pm, 13th September 2017

I will let James Heappey in because he has been very persistent, but first let me make some progress.

It is not good enough for the Chief Secretary to grant the Secretary of State flexibility and not grant him the funding that the NHS needs. Overcrowded, overstretched hospital trusts cannot be expected to absorb pay rises from existing budgets. We need extra investment now to give the staff the fair pay they deserve.