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Surprise non-announcement of pay rise for NHS staff branded ‘shambles’ by Labour – politics live

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And the Royal College of Nursing has also described the government’s failure to announce its NHS pay rise decision today, as expected, as “shameful”. In a statement Pat Cullen, the RCN interim general secretary, said:

This treatment of our NHS workers is shameful. Ministers are holding them in contempt and we have no choice but to condemn this behaviour.

With tens of thousands of nursing vacancies and thousands more considering their future in the profession, the government is sending the worst possible signal with this political gameplaying.

The GMB union has described today’s non-announcement of an NHS pay rise (see 2.32pm) as “completely outrageous”. Rachel Harrison, the GMB national officer, said:

This is completely outrageous – virtually the last day of parliament and the government has insulted hard-working NHS workers once again by staying silent.

NHS workers who tuned in to watch the minister today will be rightly disgusted by this lack of respect.

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