Health service workers keep on getting poorer
So Jeremy Hunt thinks that health service workers should have salaries frozen, instead of getting one per cent after a three-year freeze as local government workers will do.
He says that there should be no automatic increments as you gain seniority.
This is ignoring all those already on the top of their scale, and, more to the point, the fact that the overwhelming majority are underpaid for their hard work and dedication anyway.
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Meanwhile bankers and chiefs of industry get monumental bonuses even when their businesses are failing, or there have been terrible policy blunders.
Millions have been squandered on IT systems for the NHS which do not work, but I have not heard of the minister demanding resignations.
When I was at university in the 1960s we sang what I think was a Victorian music hall song comparing the hard lot of a single mother and the lavish lifestyle of the champagne-drinking MP who got her pregnant. The refrain was:
It's the same, the whole world over
It's the poor wot gets the blame
It's the rich wot gets the gravy
Ain't it all a bloody shame?
Listening to recent ministerial statements all one can say is, could have been written today.
Councillor Eleanor Jackson
B&NES Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel for Wellbeing