There was a reason why people stood on their doorsteps to clap for carers.
Faced with the biggest health crisis in its history, NHS staff rose to the challenge.
They worked round the clock to care for those in need and comfort the bereaved.
Their dedication drove 300,000 staff to work unpaid overtime during the pandemic. You would think the Government would want to show appreciation with a proper NHS pay rise.
Instead, they are instituting a real terms pay cut once inflation is taken into account.
House of Commons library figures show a Band 6 nurse with five years’ experience will be on average £236 a year worse off, a health visitor £312 worse off and a consultant £575.
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This is the “thanks” they get for their heroism and professionalism, for putting their lives at risk and working millions of hours of unpaid overtime.
Boris Johnson owes his life to the care of NHS staff. He witnessed first hand how they went above and beyond to serve the country in its time of need.
They put in the hours – by denying them a pay rise, he is putting in the boot.
The smooth rollout of the vaccination programme has been knocked off course by a disruption to supplies.
This is frustrating news for those waiting for the jab. Ministers insist they are still on track to offer all adults their first dose by the end of July and the setback should not affect the timetable for the easing of restrictions.
Everything must be done to make sure this is so. Too often in the pandemic Boris Johnson has over-promised and under-delivered.
The public would be rightly angry if he were to have raised false hopes once again.
The Monopoly makers took favourites such as winning second prize in a beauty contest from the Community Chest.
The game did need updating – with the backlog of court cases built up under the Tories, nobody goes directly to jail any more.