Warm words from Ministers not enough to support healthcare workers – says Council Leader

To recognise the incredible efforts of key staff on the front lines of the pandemic, the ‘Clap For Heroes’ has returned at 8pm every Thursday. Ahead of people clapping for our key and healthcare workers once again tonight, Council Leader Keith Aspden has hit out at the Government for not turning warm words into deeds, as the pay rise for NHS workers is still yet to be delivered.


Residents in York are showing their continued support and respect of our key workers by following public health guidance and helping ease the pressure on the NHS. Whilst it is vital that we all do everything we can to stop the spread and protect the NHS, the Government must recognise the incredible efforts of our healthcare workers by bringing forward a substantial pay rise and ensuring that adequate mental health support is in place to support them.

The pandemic continues to see health and care workers selflessly risking their lives in order to protect ours. Despite this, in the last 10 years, NHS workers have lost one fifth of their wages in real terms. As a result, many of them are now struggling to make ends meet.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council, commented:

“I am thankful and grateful for the hard work and sacrifices made by our key and healthcare workers and I know that many residents will agree that the best way to truly demonstrate our thanks is to make sure that we avoid making their jobs even harder at this difficult time. We must all do our bit by following the guidance and staying at home.

“However, it’s clear that health and care workers on the frontline against Covid-19 need more than a round of applause from the Government. Our NHS heroes deserve to be recognised and valued through a substantial increase in pay.

"The Government must also ensure the NHS receives the funding it needs to cope with the ongoing pandemic and its aftermath. Whilst residents are doing all they can to support our healthcare workers, it's time the Chancellor started listening to the Government's own slogan: protect the NHS and save lives."


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