John Healey MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, responding to news today that NHS staff have been told to accept a two-year pay freeze or 35,000 will lose their jobs, said:
"This shows a Goverment intent on picking on the lowest paid nurses and other frontline NHS staff. It is not what people expected when David Cameron said he'd protect the NHS."
"The Government could in fact ease pressure on the NHS if it kept its
promise to increase not cut funding and called off the big internal, high cost reorganisation it has planned. The £3 billion this is set to cost should be spent on ensuring better care for patients."