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Enough is Enough: Liverpool NHS Bosses 50% pay rise. How can this be justified when #NHS Health Workers have lost 14% in real terms pay? #NHS front line staff need to strike back, the #Conservatives are destroying our NHS

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Pay rises of up to 50% for senior NHS managers in Liverpool have been described as “scandalous” by an MP.

Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chairman Nadim Fazlani got a £50,000 rise in 2014-15, Rosie Cooper’s Freedom of Information request found.

Replying to the West Lancashire Labour MP during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Theresa May promised an investigation into the pay hike.

Liverpool CCG said its salaries were set within NHS England guidelines.

 

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The Daily Mirror, Friday February 17 2017, reports that “Social care scandal as Tory cuts ‘led to the deaths of 30,000 people’ – and it’s going to get worse” #March4NHS

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The Daily Mirror, Friday February 17 2017, reports that “Social care scandal as Tory cuts ‘led to the deaths of 30,000 people’ – and it’s going to get worse” #March4NHS

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The Daily Mirror, Friday February 17 2017,  reports that

Social care scandal as Tory cuts ‘led to the deaths of 30,000 people’ – and it’s going to get worse

Mirror claims that “A damning report warns cuts to health and social care budgets were “possibly” to blame for the “unprecedented” 30,000 extra deaths in England and Wales”

Mirror says “Tory cuts “led to the death of 30,000 people” 

 

Defending our NHS: Stop the #Conservatives dismantling our NHS: Save Student Bursaries

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Defending our NHS: Stop the Conservatives dismantling our NHS: Save Student Bursaries

Solidarity Defend our #NHS Support the Junior Drs Srike: Jeremy Hunt’s war on junior doctors leaves them little choice

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Jeremy Hunt’s war on junior doctors leaves them little choice

An NHS student nurse in London last month speaking in support of junior doctors

The British Medical Association has called for three junior doctor walkouts – the first taking place on Tuesday 12 January – after a breakdown in talks. We in the Green party unequivocally support the junior doctors who are going on strike. They have been offered an 11% pay rise, which on the face of it seems reasonable. However, what the government is also doing is cutting pay for extra hours worked. Working long hours (days in fact) without a proper break has always been a key part of hospital culture, but this does not make it right. Junior doctors can work 12 back-to-back night shifts of up to 12 hours each, and 90-hour working weeks are not uncommon. Removing the safeguards that protect them from working too long will affect patient care negatively. Doctors have very rarely gone on strike, but when 98% of junior doctors vote for strike action, this indicates a major concern with the contracts they are being offered. I believe that we should all be listening to the doctors on the NHS front line rather than trust the words of the health secretary, who is imposing these contracts from on high without addressing the major concerns of safeguarding and pay cuts.
Lee Burkwood
Green party London assembly candidate, Havering and Redbridge

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‘Conscious cruelty’: Ken Loach’s shock at benefit sanctions and food banks: ‘Hunger is being used as a weapon,’ says veteran director, calling for public rage over situation he says is worse than when he made Cathy Come Home in 1966

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‘Hunger is being used as a weapon,’ says veteran director, calling for public rage over situation he says is worse than when he made Cathy Come Home in 1966

Ken Loach on the set of his new film I, Daniel Blake.
Photograph: Joss Barratt/Sixteen Films Ken Loach on the set of his new film I, Daniel Blake.

The present system is one of conscious cruelty,’ Loach said. ‘It bears down on those least able to bear it.’

Ken Loach has said there needs to be more public outrage around benefit sanctions and the reliance on food banks, with the situation much worse for working people than when he made his seminal film Cathy Come Home, in 1966.

The veteran film-maker rarely speaks while developing a project but is so deeply concerned about government policy on benefits and the sanctions regime that he gave an interview to the Guardian on the set of his latest film.

Loach, 79, is shooting what may be his last film, I, Daniel Blake, based on the writer Paul Laverty’s research of jobcentres, benefit sanctions and food banks. It tells the story of Blake, who has worked for years as a joiner but is then forced to give up work and claim benefits. “The present system is one of conscious cruelty,” Loach said. “It bears down on those least able to bear it. The bureaucratic inefficiency is vindictive and hunger is being used as a weapon. People are being forced to look for work that doesn’t exist.”

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