Labour will give pay rise to ‘overworked and underpaid’ NHS staff : Welfare Weekly

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Shadow health secretary pledges to ‘end Tory privatisation’ by reversing moves to bring private providers into NHS.

Labour would pay for a big pay rise for NHS workers who have been “ignored and insulted” by the Conservatives by raising corporation tax if the party wins the election.

Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, said NHS staff had been undervalued, overworked and underpaid under the Tories, after years of pay freezes for nurses, midwives and other key workers.

He also pledged Labour would “end Tory privatisation in the NHS” by reversing all moves to bring private providers into the health service.

Ashworth told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the party would reveal in its manifesto how much it would increase corporation tax for businesses, which has been repeatedly cut by former chancellor George Osborne in recent years. He said independent low-pay advisers would specify how big rises for NHS staff should…

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