Petition - NHS Pay

– in the House of Commons at 5:00 pm on 22nd July 2021.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Labour, Hemsworth 5:00 pm, 22nd July 2021

I am pleased to present this petition on behalf of 815,000 people who have expressed their views about the Government’s paltry offer of 3% to NHS staff.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of the United Kingdom,

Declares that throughout the pandemic, thousands of NHS workers have been working around the clock, putting their lives at risk to protect the public;
notes that the average nurse in the UK has lost 20% of their income the last 10 years and that it is not surprising that there are 100,000 vacancies within the NHS currently;
declares that many NHS workers are using food banks to get by;
notes that earlier this year, the Government announced a pay rise for public service workers “in recognition of their efforts in tackling Covid-19” but many NHS staff including nurses, porters and cleaners were not included;
declares that the wellbeing of NHS staff is more important than ever—

Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means, Chair, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Commons), Chair, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Commons)

Order. The hon. Gentleman is not meant to be making a long speech at this point. He is just meant to be presenting his petition. Perhaps he could just get to the end of the petition.

Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Labour, Hemsworth

I wonder if you could give me guidance, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am reading out the words of the petition; it is not a speech.

Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Labour, Hemsworth

It is just the petition, as agreed with the office. I will take your advice, for which I thank you, and perhaps I shall just say that the petition is available for people to read.

Following is the full text of the petition:

[The petition of residents of the United Kingdom,

Declares that throughout the pandemic, thousands of NHS workers have been working around the clock, putting their lives at risk to protect the public; notes that the average nurse in the UK has lost 20% of their income the last 10 years and that it is not surprising that there are 100,000 vacancies within the NHS currently; declares that many NHS workers are using food banks to get by; notes that earlier this year, the Government announced a pay rise for public service workers “in recognition of their efforts in tackling Covid-19” but many NHS staff including nurses, porters and cleaners were not included; declares that the wellbeing of NHS staff is more important than ever due to the most recent wave of Covid-19 and with morale at an all time low amongst staff; notes that a recent survey showed that 36% of nurses were considering leaving the profession altogether.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to liaise with the NHS Pay Review Body to urgently review the pay of Agenda For Change staff and take into consideration the 10 years of pay caps/freezes while acknowledging their extraordinary efforts throughout the pandemic. The petitioners also urge the House of Commons to urge the Government to reallocate funds to enable a 15% pay rise for NHS workers.

And the petitioners remain, etc.]

[P002682]