Plaid Cymru has reiterated its demand for the NHS pay cap to be lifted by the Labour Welsh Government, following today’s announcement in England.
Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary, Rhun ap Iorwerth AM, has highlighted the fact that the Labour Government is now the last government in the UK that remains committed to an NHS pay cap.
Ministers and unions in England have agreed a deal today to lift the pay cap affecting nurses and other English NHS staff. The Scottish Government has already taken unilateral action earlier this year, but no announcement in Wales has yet been made.
Rhun ap Iorwerth commented:
“There are no more excuses for the Labour Government not to lift this abhorrent pay cap. Plaid Cymru is urging the Welsh Government to act as soon as possible, so that nurses will get the pay rise they deserve. Without nurses, our NHS would grind to a halt, and decision-makers have squeezed their pay for years in an act of sheer unfairness.
“For months, the Labour Welsh administration has resisted Plaid Cymru’s call to scrap its public sector pay cap. Despite including a promise to do so in its manifesto, the Labour Welsh Government said it must wait for Westminster. That excuse has now been taken from them.
“Labour’s gutless policy of waiting for the Tories in England, shows their fundamental lack of ambition and desire to use devolution to take Wales down a better, fairer path.
“Plaid Cymru’s vision is for a Welsh NHS where staff are given proper pay rewards for their efforts, and a Plaid Cymru Government will prioritise staff morale, helping public servants develop their skills and careers as they help build the Welsh nation.”