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Labour vows return of independence to GP pay review body

A Labour Government would end the 1% pay rise cap for GPs and other public sector professionals ‘as soon as a it gets back in’, shadow health minister Justin Madders has said.

Speaking at a Labour Party Conference fringe event in Brighton, Mr Madders said it was ‘hypocritical’ to restrict the pay increases that independent pay bodies can recommend.

Pay rises in the public sector were frozen between 2011 and 2013 and have since been capped at annual rises of 1%. 

But latest official figures, released this month, showed GP pay fell by more than 1% in 2015/16.

Mr Madders said: ‘I find it incredible that the Government can have independent pay review bodies, and then prescribe how much they can offer, particularly when it comes to an MP’s own pay and there’s no restriction.

‘I find that absolutely hypocritical and I think even some Conservative MPs are deeply uncomfortable with that position.'

Mr Madders said that if there was going to be an independent pay review body 'it has to be independent'.

He added: ‘And as soon as we get back in we will make sure that they are able to do their job without political interference.

‘Because there are huge challenges on the workforce and pay is a factor for people at the moment, there’s no doubt about that.’

 

Readers' comments (3)

  • Drop the 1% pay cap and hike income tax by 10% and bankrupt the country by another round of spending spree. I trust you just like the students you fooled Corbyn.

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  • Labour will promise the Earth.

    They'll say the rich will pay for it - although we all know that increasing tax rates on higher earners does not increase revenue - it never has done in the past.

    In the end they will borrow more money - asking the next generation to pay for things so that they can bribe voters to vote for them at the moment.

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  • Don't worry they will simply increase taxes on higher earners like, er...GPs. The country is already bankrupt (far worse than Greece) because the public has been helped to believe that they can can have whatever they want as long as "someone else" pays for it, hence the current debacle. There's no doubt that the country is utterly fed up with the depressing, lacklustre status quo and is going to give socialism another go when it gets the chance. It'll be lovely...for a year or two.

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