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Low respect :the NHS consequences

May 18, 2021 5:37 PM

ms1p (Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash)Back in early March the government announced a 1% rise for health workers. At the time we argued the offer had nothing to do with affordability ( see http://southsuffolklibdems.org.uk/en/article/2021/1396155/affordability-or-political-choice)

With growing waiting list for non covid procedures we said it was important to motivate staff, to make them feel valued

These points were emphasised today when Jenny McGee, a nurse who cared for Boris Johnson for two days when he was in intensive care in St Thomas' Hospital in London suffering from severe Covid-19 resigned over the "lack of respect" the government is showing the NHS and healthcare workers. She has taken a job in the Caribbean

She said: "We're not getting the respect and now pay that we deserve. I'm just sick of it. So I've handed in my resignation." "Lots of nurses felt that the government hadn't led very effectively - the indecisiveness, so many mixed messages. It was just very upsetting," she said. in a Channel 4 documentary The Year Britain Stopped.

Ms McGee, from Invercargill in New Zealand, was one of two nurses thanked publicly by Mr Johnson after he was treated for Covid-19.

She also revealed she had declined to take part in a "clap for carers" event at a Downing Street garden party last July. She and a colleague had been invited by the prime minister to celebrate 72 years of the NHS.

"It would have been a really good photo opportunity. You know, kind of like Boris and his NHS friends, but I wanted to stay out of it," she said.

A No 10 spokesperson said: "Our NHS staff have gone above and beyond over the past year, and this government will do everything in our power to support them.

"That is why they have been exempted from the public-sector wide pay freeze implemented as a result of the difficult economic situation created by the pandemic.

The government may be hoping the pay review body gets them out of a hole on the 1% pay offer by recommending more. But when it comes to being valued the damage has already been done

It follows a British Medical Association survey that 21% doctors are considering leaving the NHS altogether for another career..

The number of UK doctors now considering early retirement has also more than doubled in less than 12 months,

We hate to say we told you so!