Wes Streeting says he wouldn’t meet the demands for nurses’ pay
While appearing on Preston in the continued battle to appear competent as Labour shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting, has gone ahead and undermined nurses’ wage negotiations stating:
“Inflation plus 5% is not a sum I’d be able to afford if I was Health Secretary” By even suggesting this he has now placed the nurses in an extremely awkward position.
The Shadow Health Secretary Streeting went on to say he wouldn’t meet the RCN’s demands for nurses’ pay, adding that politicians shouldn’t make promises they can’t keep.
The situation now leaves nurses entering into negotiations with the Tories firmly on the back foot. Streeting has single-handedly undermined the nurses’ potion from day one. The Tories will just point to this video and tell nurses to rethink their position.
If Streeting felt he couldn’t pay the nurses their opening proposals that’s fair enough, but to publicly announce this has done nothing but undermine the strike action taking place.
Here’s another golden rule, politicians should learn to keep their naive gob shut…
This is yet another blow to sticking workers and striking nurses, in particular, the Labour party are showing a very disappointing attitude, one that has been compounded by Sir Keir Starmer’s refusal to back nurses in their strike action.
In January this year, Labour’s shadow health secretary says he would not “shirk” from using private providers to reduce NHS waiting lists.
Wes Streeting told the BBC’s Nick Robinson it proved “effective” the last time his party was in power.
But he put the blame for needing the option at the Tories’ door, saying the government had “run down the NHS”.
PLEASE HELP US KEEP GOING AD-FREE
This is a "Pay as You Feel" website.
Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. If you've enjoyed reading the articles on Labour Heartlands so far, We would be incredibly grateful if you could consider making a small donation. Labour Heathlands is not your typical news outlet. We are not here to simply regurgitate the daily news cycle, that's for the rest of them. Our focus is on delving deeper, uncovering the untold stories and shedding light on the issues that the mainstream media chooses to ignore.
Our unwavering commitment to journalistic integrity means that we are not influenced by any external forces. We are not beholden to PR companies, advertisers or press barons, and we refuse to let anyone dictate what we report on. Our editorial independence is sacrosanct, and our only allegiance is to the truth.
While we do not align ourselves with any particular political party, we stand firmly against corruption, injustice and the erosion of truth and the rule of law. We believe that accurate information is the lifeblood of a democracy and that facts are not up for debate.
Once again, thank you for your support – We truly couldn't do this without you!