Munira called on the Government in the House of Commons to reward NHS staff with a suitable pay rise that reflects the heroic efforts made by staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. This comes after staff have called the proposed 1% pay rise the Conservatives have offered an insult to their hard work.
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, acknowledged that the work over the past year has been intense, and recognised the huge challenge of tackling the backlog of elective work that now needs to be worked through. In spite of this, he insisted that the proposed pay rise was generous in the current economic situation.
Munira suggested that the Government followed the example of Welsh Ministers, who have offered their NHS staff a £500 tax-free bonus as well as a real-terms pay rise. This, she argued, is the only appropriate way to celebrate and thank health workers after dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.