NHS Pay

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:31 pm on 13th September 2017.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health), Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons) 1:31 pm, 13th September 2017

I feel that as the sole Liberal Democrat present it is my duty to intervene. Does the Secretary of State accept, as a principle, that ultimately we cannot sustain the NHS on the back of real-terms cuts to people’s pay within the NHS and that that would be unconscionable year after year? Does he also accept that as the difference between public and private sector pay narrows so much, people will just vote with their feet and leave? Therefore, not only is this morally wrong, but it will not work ultimately.