NHS strikes split cabinet as “Iron Chancellor” Jeremy Hunt “blocks efforts to up nurses pay.”

NHS strikes split cabinet as “Iron Chancellor” Jeremy Hunt “blocks efforts to up nurses pay.”

Ministers are divided over whether or not to increase nurses’ wages in order to prevent another devastating NHS strike.Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is under fire over claims he is blocking efforts by Steve Barclay to negotiate an end to industrial action in UK hospitals.

According to critics, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is impeding Steve Barclay’s efforts to negotiate an end to strike action in British hospitals.

Reportedly, the Health Secretary has told unions that he wants to convince the Treasury to grant bigger pay raises to NHS employees.

But Mr. Hunt wants any salary raise to come out of the existing health budget, which would necessitate cuts elsewhere in care.

The nurses have pledged to escalate their strike efforts next month, with more employees expected to walk out than during the initial strike in December.

Sara Gorton of Unison disclosed to The Observer that Steve Barclay’s tone in negotiations has been’very different’ this week, and that he privately informed unions he sought a bigger wage offer from Number 10.

The Health Secretary has reportedly told unions he wants to persuade the Treasury to offer higher pay rises to NHS workers. But Mr Hunt wants any pay increase to come out of the existing health budget.

Ms. Gorton revealed to the newspaper that Mr. Barclay had “discussed the possibility of asking us to help make the case to the Treasury for the necessary investment.”

A source informed the Sunday Times that Mr. Hunt called for additional money for the NHS in his book Zero, published last year. Now he is an iron chancellor who says no to everything.’

According to critics, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is impeding Steve Barclay’s efforts to negotiate an end to strike action in British hospitals.

Reportedly, the Health Secretary has told unions that he wants to convince the Treasury to grant bigger pay raises to NHS employees. However, Mr. Hunt desires that any salary increases come from the existing health budget.The Health Secretary has reportedly told unions he wants to persuade the Treasury to offer higher pay rises to NHS workers. But Mr Hunt wants any pay increase to come out of the existing health budget.

The nurses have threatened to escalate their strike efforts next month, with more employees expected to walk out than during the first strike this month.

Ms. Gorton noted that the Health Secretary looked willing to discuss wage increases for all NHS personnel this year, excluding physicians.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned that twice as many nurses would be invited to go on strike at the beginning of February in an effort to intensify pressure on the government.

Pat Cullen, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, characterized the Prime Minister’s position in their negotiation impasse as “baffling, reckless, and politically ill-considered” since he “appears completely uninterested in finding a way to stop this.”

This comes as officials fight for new legislation mandating minimum levels of service on strike days, which is likely to take approximately six months to pass Parliament.

On Monday, the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill will be revisited by the House of Representatives.

After their unprecedented industrial action in December, nurses in England will return to picket lines on Wednesday and Thursday, accusing the government of having “failed to act.”

This week’s strikes will only take place in England, as opposed to December’s action, which affected around a quarter of hospitals and community teams in England, all trusts in Northern Ireland, and all but one health board in Wales.

During its action, the union stated that a “life-preserving care model” is in place, indicating that sections such as intensive care units and chemotherapy treatments are excluded, while in-patient areas are staffed at night-duty levels.

Civil servants are the latest to join the ranks of striking workers, amid escalating industrial unrest that has seen nationwide stoppages by ambulance workers, railway workers, and Border Force personnel, among others.

Monday and Thursday of this week, London bus workers at Abellio will go on strike.

This week, members of the Educational Institute of Scotland will engage in additional strike action north of the border.

 

 

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