Results 1–20 of 991 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jon Ashworth

Points of Order (1 Dec 2017)

Jon Ashworth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. You will have seen that the board of NHS England met yesterday to consider the latest budget settlement for the national health service. It concluded that the underfunding of the NHS now means that it will not be able to continue the 18-week target for treatment. That will mean our constituents waiting longer and longer in pain and distress for operations,...

Maternity Safety Strategy (28 Nov 2017)

Jon Ashworth: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for the advance copy of his statement. At the outset, may I pay tribute, as he has done, to the hon. Members who have spoken out so movingly in recent months about baby loss? They include, as he has said, the hon. Members for Colchester (Will Quince), for Eddisbury (Antoinette Sandbach), for Banbury (Victoria Prentis) and for North Ayrshire and Arran...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Shortage of Doctors: Medical Provision (14 Nov 2017)

Jon Ashworth: The Secretary of State will know that there are huge numbers of vacancies across the NHS, particularly in nursing, partly driven by pay restraint. He has said that the pay cap will be scrapped, so does he agree with Simon Stevens, who said that it would be an “own goal” not to fully fund the scrapping of that pay cap in the Budget next week and to expect it to be paid for by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Shortage of Doctors: Medical Provision (14 Nov 2017)

Jon Ashworth: So the Secretary of State does not agree with Simon Stevens. May I ask him about Simon Stevens’s comments last week? He warned that if the underfunding continues, waiting lists will rise from 4 million to 5 million, cancer care will deteriorate, the mental health pledges the Secretary of State has committed to will not be met, and the 18-week target will be permanently abandoned. And is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (10 Oct 2017)

Jon Ashworth: Can the Secretary of State tell us how many elective operations he expects to be cancelled by 31 December?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (10 Oct 2017)

Jon Ashworth: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for his answer, but already more than 80,000 elective operations have been cancelled. That is an increase on the past year. A&E attendance is up on the past year, bed occupancy is higher than last year and the Care Quality Commission has today warned that the NHS is straining at the seams. Winter is coming. Last week, the Tory party made spending...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Jon Ashworth: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Is it not now clear that the House has been unanimous in saying that we should end the pay cap in the NHS and give health workers a fair pay rise? Is it not also clear that the reason the Government did not divide on this motion is that they knew they would lose?

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Jon Ashworth: I beg to move, That this House notes that in 2017-18 NHS pay rises have been capped at one per cent and that this represents another below-inflation pay settlement; further notes that applications for nursing degrees have fallen 23 per cent this year; notes that the number of nurses and midwives joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council register has been in decline since March 2016 and that...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Jon Ashworth: My hon. Friend is right to raise that point. It is not just, which is why the Labour party has consistently campaigned to get rid of the cap. The Conservatives have voted against getting rid of it when we have brought motions on this issue to the House. Given that the Government are now briefing that the cap is being abandoned, I trust that they will accept the motion in the name of the...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Jon Ashworth: My hon. Friend is right to raise that point. I shall go on to explain that the pay cap is at the heart of the recruitment and retention crisis that is now facing the national health service.

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Jon Ashworth: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. She has been determined in her pursuit of this issue and I know that that will continue.

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Jon Ashworth: I will make a little progress now, if I may. I promise I will take more interventions later. I say directly to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, who will be responding to the debate later, that if Ministers are given flexibility to set pay rates, and if the pay cap has indeed been abandoned, she also needs to grant the NHS the funding that it needs. The NHS is underfunded and it is going...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Jon Ashworth: The Labour party supports people taking legal industrial action, and if the hon. Lady supports public sector workers, she should be joining us in the Division Lobby later.

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Jon Ashworth: I agreed with the hon. Lady’s comments at the time of the debate on the Gracious Speech, when she said: “I’m of the view we need to look at public sector pay in the light of increasing inflation.” If those were her comments then, she should be joining us in the Division Lobby this afternoon.

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Jon Ashworth: I will let the hon. Member for Wells (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...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Jon Ashworth: Let me make a little bit of progress, and then I will give way. Over the past seven years, a public sector worker on the median public sector wage has seen the value of their wage drop by £3,875. That is more than the cost of feeding the average family for a year. Given what we know about inflation, on the figures published yesterday and on the Treasury’s own inflation forecast, if...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Jon Ashworth: The Chief Secretary says it is not true. These amounts are based on her own Treasury figures.

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Jon Ashworth: There we have it—the Conservative party playing one part of the public sector off against the other. We believe the whole of the public sector deserves a pay rise.

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Jon Ashworth: It is a shocking disgrace, which is why the Labour party has consistently campaigned to get rid of the pay cap; it is why, in our manifesto, which we took to the British people a few months ago, we said we would get rid of the pay cap, and why it is absolutely disgraceful that Conservative Members stood on a manifesto to keep the pay cap.

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Jon Ashworth: My hon. Friend has spoken incredibly powerfully about that case and he is quite right to say it is shameful.


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