NHS Pay

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:54 pm on 13th September 2017.

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Photo of Martin Whitfield Martin Whitfield Labour, East Lothian 1:54 pm, 13th September 2017

Following Audit Scotland’s report, which pointed out that in Scotland one third of NHS staff are over 50; that we have a vacancy rate of more than 4.5% for nurses and just under 7.5% for consultants; and that we have a Government in Scotland who put forward a 1% rise to the pay review body, does the hon. Lady agree that now is the time to say that the cap should go? The cap itself and the attitude towards it is driving people away from the NHS and out of the NHS, and it is doing a great disservice to our population on both sides of the border.