"Take a moment to absorb the innovative ways the government has found to undermine, demoralise, and attack NHS workers.
There’s the never-ending real terms pay cut which, by last year, had left the average health worker nearly £2,000 poorer in real terms than 2010. Ambulance crew are £5,286 worse off. There’s the starving of resources, even as an ageing population imposes greater demand – this has been the longest squeeze in spending as a proportion of GDP since its foundation. There’s the determination to privatise swaths of the service by stealth, and a chaotic top-down reorganisation which has fragmented the service.
Throw in the scrapping of NHS bursaries, too, which has led to a collapse in nursery and midwifery applications
by nearly a quarter. Then there’s the demonisation of workers when they stand up for themselves, those who dedicate their lives to caring for those in need: take the junior doctors’ strike for example. And now the government is offering NHS staff
a three-year pay deal which, in real terms, is yet another cut – and funded by slashing the holidays of the already overworked."