The expensive subsidy creates a domestic training bottleneck, whilst this country’s demand for healthcare workers is met through immigration.
Folding is not an option as long as Rishi Sunak’s commitment to fiscal sanity remains resolute. But will it come at the cost of his pledge to bring down waiting lists?
The Shadow Business Secretary highlights that the average pay settlement in the private sector was 7 per cent.
Setting a minimum level for service across key public services is not only reasonable and proportionate, but safe. And it is the first duty of any government to keep citizens safe from harm.
The Shadow Health Secretary has been asked by Tominey to prove his party isn’t “a lot of soundbite and no substance”.
The Prime Minister suggests to Kuenssberg he is willing to talk about this year’s pay settlement.
We will see whether that number grows or falls if the dispute is still unresolved at the end of January – the month in which pressures on the NHS are often at their most intense.
Voter support varies so much between unions – barristers, for example, have half the support of nurses – that the Government can aim to pick off different unions at different points.
Kruger had to courage to propose that Britain leave the ECHR and draft a new framework for refugees and human rights.
The Shadow Health Secretary was asked by Laura Kuenssberg whether he would pay striking nurses more.
‘Meetings are different from pay negotiations’, the Foreign Secretary explains.
Foreign labour is an alternative to ministers facing up to how successive governments have gummed up domestic training and recruitment of medical staff.
Where there is need, front line staff like doctors and nurses are underpaid, relative to what they should receive, and where there isn’t, a whole host of people are well paid.
When I was responsible for the £600 million a year London Development Agency, I was shocked at how much management focus was just on getting money out of the door.