Health Secretary says a 19% pay rise for nurses is not ‘reasonable’


Health Secretary Steve Barclay has said he doesn’t believe a 19% pay rise for nurses is reasonable. Both nurses and ambulance workers are set to stage walkouts this week amid ongoing anger over pay and working conditions. The chief of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Pat Cullen, had suggested strikes would be called off if Mr Barclay opened up discussions over wages. #NHS #strikes #health #ambulance #nurses #nursing #cancer SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Instagram: For more content go to and download our apps: Apple: Android Sky News videos are now available in Spanish here/Los video de Sky News están disponibles en español aquí To enquire about licensing Sky News content, you can find more information here:

15 thoughts on “Health Secretary says a 19% pay rise for nurses is not ‘reasonable’”

  1. If that’s the case, how’s it reasonable then for some products in supermarkets to go up by 30%? Because some have gone up that much…… would love to know how many decades it’s taken for “ordinary” workers pay to go up by 30%. Bottom line is they want to keep the working classes down with no spare cash in our pockets, otherwise we might get ideas above our station – like a second home, or having a lavish duck house built 🤔

  2. The Govt. sets the brief and the limits for the “independent” pay bodies. Nurses’ salaries have been reduced by between 10 -20% since 2010 – MPs salaries have increased by 28% over the same period. It is “unforgivable” that Barclay refuses to meet with nurses over pay, as Health Secretary he should be at the front and centre of trying to resolve the dispute rather than deliberately exacerbating the issues by trying to demonise the trade unions. . What happened to the £350m a week Boris’s promised Brexit bonus for the NHS – problem solved!

  3. Why not when in real terms it has been said nurses are 20% down since the tories came to power in 2010? Is their fault the tories haven’t built in realizence into the economy? Is it their fault the now prime minister/ then the chancellor didn’t exploit the opportunity to buy cheap gas before the war broke out between Russia & Ukraine & sale the additional gas on for hugh profit reducing the nation debt in the process?
    Is it nurses fault tories haven’t addressed the abuse nurses suffer from certain members of the public?
    It is nurses fault the tories have been suppress losses of private rail companies using tax payers money?

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