Health services pay structures. Inequity and long-term mis management. Strikes and comparisons with politicians…

For The Independent, Alan Jones, on 25th November reports: NHS strike: Government accused of ‘lying’ about health service pay as nurses, midwives and ambulance staff stage four-hour walkout 

There is a problem with the different health services pay structures. The result of mis-management over many years has been inequity, inflated pay for managers, with annual increments and pay rises that, compounded make them receive much more in each rise than those on the lowest pay levels… Since these managers are considered no good to work outside the state, they stay on.. and on.. and on.. (The Guardian 8th October: Why are NHS staff going on strike?) Meanwhile, although England NHS has refused the rise, Scotland and Wales are implementing it. And does this approach justify receiving pay rises themselves… when they have large claimable overheads, (and choice of where to register as a patient)?

The Government has been accused of lying over NHS pay as hundreds of thousands of health workers including midwives, nurses, radiographers, cleaners and psychiatric staff stage their second strike in a month.

Members of 11 unions walked out for four hours from 7am in England and 8am in Northern Ireland in protest at the Coalition’s controversial decision not to accept a recommended 1% wage rise for all NHS employees.

Picket lines were mounted outside hospitals and ambulance centres, and the stoppage will be followed by a work to rule for the rest of the week.

A new row flared after the Government said it had put forward proposals to guarantee all staff would get at least 1% this year and next, but it had been rejected….

Meanwhile Walesonline reports: Assembly Members to get pay rise of £10,000 – Wales Online and even interviews We asked Wales’ 40 MPs about their 11% pay rise: Find out

Welsh NHS staff to receive ‘at least’ the living wage says

The Guardian 17th November: The NHS needs a 10-year funding commitment

Pay decisions announced for NHS staff and other public sector

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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