Excess profits should be used to reverse austerity and pay staff properly

Responding to Labour leader Keir Starmer’s claim that the NHS must reform ‘or die’, Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: 

“Labour can and must make the right choices on our broken economy and the NHS. The NHS is in crisis because of the government's deliberate and dangerous political choice to systematically cut the service and suppress workers’ pay. Labour’s key message now should be that it will reverse those cuts so the NHS can truly get back on its feet, not that it will drive through yet another round of disruptive reform. 

“We all know what needs to be done to improve patient care - reverse the years of austerity and pay staff properly. The money is there if we make different choices. So, let’s take some of the massive excess profits being made at the expense of ordinary people and use them to do just that.”

ENDS

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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.