Unite national officer for health, Barrie Brown said: “The mind boggles at the fact that health secretary Jeremy Hunt thinks the best way to tackle the recruitment and retention crisis facing the health service is to privatise part of NHS Professionals to a profit-hungry private firm.
“Any attempt to reward the Tory party’s chums in the City will do nothing to improve patient care.
“Hunt needs to concentrate on getting down the massive agency bill of nearly £4bn a year first of all – and that can be done by making the NHS a more attractive place to work by boosting overall funding - so staff don’t feel under so much pressure - and improving pay which has been eroded in real terms by 15 per cent since 2010.
“Hunt should stop believing that privatisation of NHS services is the panacea for the problems that he has rained down on the NHS since he began his disastrous stewardship as health secretary in 2012.”
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