Disappointment over the Chancellor’s failure to announce investment in nurses in his summer statement.
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak focused his spending announcements on general measures to safeguard jobs for UK workers and stabilise the employment market offering no boost to nurse staffing or pay. The move drew criticism from the Royal College of Nursing and a number of other unions.
Dave Prentis, general secretary of the union Unison, said the statement offered “next to nothing for public services and the workers who’ve kept the country going through the last few difficult months”. Sunak’s plan did however include a new commitment to inject more than £1bn in 2020-21 into “NHS critical maintenance and A&E capacity across England”
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