We're calling for pay rises to all NHS and social care staff in recognition of their work during the Coronavirus crisis.
Health and social care workers are putting their lives on the line during the crisis and the least that can be done is to raise their pay.
Care staff should have parity of pay with NHS staff and should all be moved to NHS terms and conditions.
Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth AM said,
“This crisis has truly exposed the year on year impact of cruel cuts and the way in which social care is seen as a second class service. With outbreaks in many care homes, the need for far better conditions and a valued workforce couldn’t be clearer. Imagine if all care homes had been supplied with PPE from the start? How many lives would have been saved?
“Health and social care workers are putting their lives on the line for us through this crisis. The very least we can do is show them we value them by giving them access to testing, adequate PPE, and raising their pay and work conditions.
“I hope the positive that comes out of this nightmare is that we remember how much we treasure our health and care services, but also that we realise we have to pay for them properly. If we want a good, sustainable health and care service, we need to pay for it. We need the right resources, the right people, paid properly, and not carrying an unsustainable workload.
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We're calling for a pay rise for social care workers and an end to zero hours contracts and casualisation.
NHS workers also deserve better and after a decade of pay freeze and real term cuts, real term rises should be given to all.
That should include proper bursaries for student nurses and protected training time.