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"Give NHS staff fair pay now", says Plaid Cymru

Rhun ap Iorwerth (Image: Welsh Parliament) Senedd (Image: Gwalia)

Plaid Cymru has urged the Welsh Government to announce findings of an NHS pay review, and to make good on their promises of financial reward.

The party has also urged the Welsh Government to secure the prompt publication of the the NHS pay review— which the government had previously confirmed was due before the end of June.

Rhun ap Iorwerth, Plaid Cymru’s Spokesperson on Health has said that we “owe our lives” to health-workers, and that they should be rewarded for their hard work with “more than just good wishes.”

Appearing on the BBC's Politics Wales on Sunday June 6, Health Minister Eluned Morgan MS admitted that the Welsh Government had “an obligation” to reward NHS workers, and said that she did not want to see a pay cap of 1% as has been the suggestion in England.

To date, the recommendations from the independent NHS pay review body in Cymru have not been published.

On June 23, nine trade unions wrote an open letter to the Welsh Government requesting an "urgent and significant pay rise" to reward NHS staff and to stop them from leaving the service.

Plaid Cymru’s Spokesperson for Health, Rhun ap Iorwerth said: “Our health workers have kept us safe during the pandemic – in fact, we owe them our lives! The impact of those long hours, through one of the most traumatic periods our NHS has ever seen has taken its toll on their health and morale.

“If Welsh Government turns its back on the promises it made in terms of a pay increase, then it too could face the threat of a walk out.

“Our health service is already under pressure, under resourced and under staffed. My plea to Welsh Government is to ensure our health and care workers do not remain under paid.”



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