Jeremy Hunt has said that he would love to be able to pay nurses more than the 1% pay “rise” awarded this year, but that the government can’t afford it.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain, he was asked why ministers couldn’t find the money to scrap the 1% pay rise cap on NHS staff – despite MP’s receiving 11% pay rises year on year – Mr Hunt replied that he would love to pay nurses more – but won’t.
“I think they are the most important workers.”
He was then asked “Do you think they are more important than MPs?” which triggered laughter from the Health Minister who replied “We all do different jobs, but in terms of saving lives they do an absolutely critical job.
“As far as NHS staff are concerned, they do a fantastic job.”
When pushed on the appalling pay “rise” given to NHS staff, Hunt once again defended himself.
“We are putting more money into the NHS and our priority has been to recruit extra doctors and nurses.”