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MP – NHS pay rise welcome news but not sustainable unless the health system is funded properly

March 21, 2018 3:59 PM

Tim Farron Parliament Speech DEFRACommenting on the news that some NHS nurses are set for their first pay rise in eight years, Tim, speaking in the House of Commons, said: "The minimum amount that nurses in South Cumbria would've lost since the pay freeze is £4,306. Given that the average house price in my constituency is 10 times the value of the average nurses' salary, you can see why that has a huge impact on retention and recruitment.

"This rise is deserved, welcome and overdue, but without a long-term plan for funding health and social care, this announcement won't be trusted.

"We need a new deal to refresh Beveridge's vision for the 21st century. We should be prepared to be honest with the British people and say this will involve a modest but clear increase in taxation."