This weekend, Coalition Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has announced that he backs lower pay for NHS staff in poorer areas such as
Lansley’s plan for regional pay would mean that nurses, midwives, paramedics, porters and cleaners would earn less in areas such as
while employees in London and South
East of England would get more.
This is a disgraceful and totally unacceptable proposal.
The reality is that there is already great inequality across, and between, the nations and regions of the
Kingdom. And I strongly believe that central
government should be working to reduce this inequality but if Andrew Lansley
and his allies get their way it will get worse.
Regional pay will mean that more money would be siphoned out of
Cornwall to be spent in London
and the South East – and that would be a scandal. It must be opposed.