Jeremy Hunt sneers as he says government can’t afford to pay nurses more

Jeremy Hunt is killing the NHS

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.”

21 Comments

  1. How about you stop all the contracts for supplies where you pay over 400% over what we would pay in the shops. Start looking at simple problems and addressing the millions you are paying to companies in your pocket

    • Funny you should say that. A supplier of printer ink was spitting feathers recently on a BBC radio programme whereby he said he could supply ink at a 1/4 of the price the NHS were currently paying.

  2. Where the NHS is concerned the Tories most definitely DO NOT have the backing of the British public. WE the jo bloggs front line NHS staff (not the managers who have been told what to do by the government re: STP & saving money) will do EVERYTHING in our power to STOP the newest fad of footprints the stupid UNsustainable STP which is just a stealth exercise to get rid of the NHS & privatise it and that means getting rid of you Jeremy Hunt WE WANT YOU OUT. Closing hospitals & selling off land so Trusts can pay off their debt when the NHS has been massively underfunded & staff under paid. Absolutely disgusting! NO TO STP NO TO TORY OUT WITH JEREMY HUNT!

  3. Where the NHS is concerned the Tories most definitely DO NOT have the backing of the British public. WE the jo bloggs front line NHS staff (not the managers who have been told what to do by the government re: STP & saving money) will do EVERYTHING in our power to STOP the newest fad of footprints the stupid UNsustainable STP which is just a stealth exercise to get rid of the NHS & privatise it and that means getting rid of you Jeremy Hunt WE WANT YOU OUT. Closing hospitals & selling off land so Trusts can pay off their debt when the NHS has been massively underfunded & staff under paid. Absolutely disgusting! NO TO STP NO TO TORY OUT WITH JEREMY HUNT!

  4. if Jeremy Hunt was publicly executed at the 02 arena in London I’d pay £100 to see that: £100 X 50000 = 5000000 in ticket sales alone, not to mention TV rights, T shirts and beer promotions, and he’s just one of hundreds of Tory MPs. After all, money is more important that human lives and it’s our duty as mindless capitalists to explore this option.

    • Unfortunately, Mum is old enough to remember the days of Capital Punishment, so she would rather Jeremy Hunt be permanently incarcerated (on the assumption that this is a “fate worse than death”).

    • Unfortunately the capacity of the O2 is only 20,000, but I would pay a lot more than £100 to watch Jeremy C**t being topped.

      • Do, please, Mr. Browne, learn to remove implications of women’s private parts out of your angry statements. (You lose 50% of public support by including them; which doesn’t help the point you’re trying to make.)

      • Why he hasn’t cut NHS education social housing welfare etc to the bone, put NHS staff teachers council workers on wage increase below inflation. Your tory scum have, gates of hell awaits.

  5. All NHS staff regardless of job title or position MUST vote LABOUR. Please, please, please none of you come back with the nurses stock reply, “can’t be bothered with politics”. Heard this from my sea going colleagues when I was a marine engineer, then I got the same response when I used to ‘brow beat’ NHS staff when I worked in theatres. Partly due to this apathy we now have no ships flying the Red Duster or resisters in the U.K., And why the Tories feel they can get away with total neglect of the NHS.
    WAKE UP BEFORE IT’S TO LATE.

  6. If Jeremy Hunt says our government cant afford to pay nurses more then the solution is simple. Let’s vote to change our government on June 8th. We don’t need a government that gives tax cuts to the bankers and the super rich friends funding their party. Lets vote for a party that puts the needs of the majority first over those of the few

    • Again likening uselessness personified to an outstandingly useful anatomical part ? Women, I can’t hear you.

  7. He is a complete twat we out to get rid of this poxy government conservatives are in it for themselves while the working man gets nothing everthing has gone up cost of living is expensive were pensioners working all our life what do we get nothing its frightening going in to hospita i dont want to die yet

  8. I am really worried for our country, all of the politicians are corrupt liars, NHS will be no more, a sad time we live in, schools having to ask parents for money. While MPs get richer, we need a revolution

  9. Yes, we need the Tories and Jeremy Hunt out! Please! There will be nothing left of any public services once this lot have their way. Theresa May’s government will make Cameron look like a pussy cat in comparison. Never forget, she is the ‘nasty’ wing of the party, despite the speech she made.

  10. My daughter, worked really hard to train as a Nurse,she now is 3yrs qualified works in A&E, and it makes me sad to see all the hard work go down the drain , but the truth is she would get paid the same doing a night shift in a factory pressing buttons,and not having to help save our loved ones lives in any emergency Department. 4 of her colleagues have already left the NHS to seek better lives in nursing over seas. Our NHS IS A JOKE, Mr Hunt hang your head in shame.

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