Sutton Tories snub St Helier nurses with 1% pay "insult"

Sutton's two Conservative MPs have come under fire again this week after the Government's budget proposed a pay increase for nurses at St Helier Hospital of just 1%- equivalent to £3.50 a week.

An Observer poll shows 72% of the public believe the government’s wage proposal is too low.

After the crucial role nurses have played on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, the British Medical Association described the proposals as "a kick in the teeth" and the Royal College of Nursing said it was preparing for strike action. 

Jean Crossby, Liberal Democrat councillor for St Helier ward, said: 

"I know personally just how tough life has been for our nurses and other frontline workers during this pandemic, and how much we owe them all a huge debt of gratitude for their care, hard work and sacrifice. But words are not enough - they need to be paid properly, and not have to fight for proper pay after all that they have been through. With Tory ministers forcing councils to raise taxes to pay for crucial services like social care, this pay rise is actually a pay cut and the Tories should be ashamed of themselves".

Hina Bokhari, Lib Dem spokesperson for Sutton, Cheam & Worcester Park, said: 

"Paul Scully and Elliot Colburn betrayed their voters when they lobbied to have vital services such as A&E and maternity removed from St Helier Hospital. Not content with that, now they are cheerleaders for a government that will not pay nurses and other frontline workers properly. When nurses are threatening to strike, that tells us something is very, very wrong. When will our Conservative MPs apologise, and campaign for nurses to get the pay they deserve?”

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