Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has joined calls for a pay rise for NHS staff, partly in recognition of their work during the Coronavirus crisis.
Gwynne has signed a parliamentary motion put forward by fellow Labour MP Paula Barker. The motion calls on the Government to “show its support for the NHS by turning warm words and applause into a firm commitment to bring forward NHS pay talks and to fund an early and meaningful pay rise”.
The calls come after pay rises were announced for some public sector workers on Tuesday. This included doctors, but did not include nurses and other NHS staff.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I welcome the long-overdue pay rise for public sector staff like teachers and doctors, but am very disappointed that most NHS staff will not see their wages increase.
“During the Coronavirus crisis, we have regularly and rightly clapped our NHS and other health and care staff for the work that they have done keeping us safe, but this is not enough.
“They have put their lives on the line day after day and deserve a pay rise.”